What does life look for you now?
I have just started my own business as a Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coach, having worked as a physiotherapist for 25 years. Physio has been a profession that continued to inspire and reward; however, I was drawn into coaching because it offers a more holistic approach, as well as having a stronger emphasis on empowering the client to take control of their own health. I travelled the world a lot when I was younger, and now I have a family of my own with two delightful sons to keep me busy.
Tell us what you are passionate about?
Professionally, I'm passionate about the neuroscience of pain, and anything I can learn about how the brain works. In life I am passionate about living well - being healthy and having fun: the balance of things is important to me.
When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?
When I was very young, I wanted to be an astronaut!
What is your favourite Radford moment?
I have very fond memories of grade 9 camp. The physical and mental challenges inspired me towards a life of outdoor adventures, and showed me strengths that I never knew I had.
Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?
My two best friends in life were friends that I made from Radford. I really don't know where I would be without them.
How easy was it to decide what to do in life?
I knew I wanted to help people and I had a strong interest in health. Physiotherapy was a natural choice, and a decision that I have always been grateful for.
Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?
I can't say that I live my life by plans, but I suppose I thought I'd go back to study my Masters after about 10 years, which I did. I thought I'd do something like Health Coaching in my semi-retirement, but I have made that move early as it is something that I feel strongly called to do now.
What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?
Don't sweat the small stuff. Youth is a gift. Older age is an even greater gift.
What advice do you have for current students?
Who you are is far more important than what you do. Just be a good person.