My Professional Background

My background consists of a Ph.D. in Recreation Resources from Colorado State University, 1994. In my doctoral work I studied the psychophysiological benefits of recreation in restorative outdoor settings as part of a program of research in health benefits of leisure, which gave me a strong background in exercise science, physiology, and social and behavioral sciences.

I have coached adult athletes of all ages, including collegiate cross country and track athletes. I taught exercise science, wellness, and kinesiology for two years at the college level. After that I had my own business as a certified personal trainer working exclusively with women aged 40-80 with existing health conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, and cardiovascular disease.

I went back to school for nursing in 2005 and I am now a registered nurse. I worked in a hospital intensive care unit for nearly four years before starting in oncology, in an outpatient infusion clinic, in 2010.

I have been a runner since 1984 and have competed at distances from one mile to 135 miles, at 24 and 48 hour fixed time events, and in July 2011, I ran the Badwater Ultramarathon 135 mile race in Death Valley and turned around and ran back to the start, for a total of 270 miles in approximately 5 days.