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,on the rehab team treating 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, and my P.T. practice. I treated pain problems, orthopedic issues, and neurologic problems (e.g., cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s & stroke), as well as 23 years providing P.T. to students with multiple learning differences, including Autism spectrum disorders, at The Harbour School of Annapolis.
My husband, Steve, and I have been blessed to see kids moving on to college, their own careers and lives, with the last of our seven children at Archbishop Spalding High School. 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 beaches, hiking and outdoor recreation; mountains will always draw me. I love road trips to explore areas of the U.S.A. I have not yet seen. As our family evolves, I have phased out my home practice to allow more time for direct patient care and family.
I have gained a serious interest in natural approaches to health. This has led to a “growing interest” in gardening, as well as encouraging people to get in touch with nature, eat foods that heal, spend less time on screens, and more time with in-person connections to promote well-being. Many healthcare problems stem from looking for quick fixes rather than investing in healthy lifestyles; I believe Physical Therapists can help people develop healthy habits, making drugs and surgery last resort options for severe cases.
I am thrilled to be part of the Atlas team, sharing my experience while 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.