I was born in Dayton, Ohio, moving to Severna Park when I was 15. After learning to love steamed crabs, sailing, and Orioles Baseball, I graduated from Severna Park High School. I followed in my father’s footsteps, attending Duke University, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology, in preparation for earning my Certificate in Physical Therapy from University of Pennsylvania in 1981. I started my career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, joining the rehab team to treat people with spinal cord injuries, head injuries and strokes. After a brief stop in rural Pennsylvania, doing orthopedics and home care, I married the love of my life and came back to this area. I worked as the Director of P.T. at a comprehensive outpatient rehab. facility in Baltimore for several years, until our first child was born.
Once we started having children, I enjoyed working for myself, in private practice. When our sixth child was born, we found a house that fit all the kids & the Labrador Retriever, with an in-law apartment that could accommodate my P.T. practice. I treat pain problems, orthopedic issues, and neurologic problems (e.g., cerebral palsy, Parkinsons & stroke), as well as 23 years providing P.T. to students with multiple learning differences at The Harbour School of Annapolis.
My husband, Steve and I have been blessed to see kids moving up and out to their own careers and lives, with the last of our seven children heading to Archbishop Spalding High School next year. I have been active in my church, helped coach pee wee soccer, junior girls lacrosse, and kept busy with a variety of community activities. We like hiking and outdoor recreation; mountains will always draw me. I have recently gained a serious interest in healthy eating and herbal approaches to health. This has led to a “growing interest” in gardening. As our family and the healthcare environment evolves, it is time to phase out my home practice to allow more time for patient care and family, and less time with paperwork.
I am thrilled to be part of the Atlas team, sharing my experience and learning from the high level of professionalism of my colleagues. The environment of personal attention and individual care that I have offered my patients over the years is an integral part of the Atlas philosophy.