I’m a Mom (sometimes Mama Bear as needed) of two beautiful, talented children.  I am also a Pediatric RN, Certified Parenting Coach and a Children’s Life Coach.
I attended The Ohio State University, where I studied Cognitive Psychology. When I was given the opportunity to intern at the OSU Chimp Lab, I thought I had found my dream career. I also interned at the Columbus Zoo until I was offered a full-time zookeeper’s position.  After I got injured, I began working at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  Everything was going great until I began to realize that I wanted to raise a family.   I decided to switch careers.
So, I went back to school to become a registered nurse.  I attended the Huron School of Nursing at the Cleveland Clinic.  After working for many years in general pediatrics, oncology, and the pediatric ICU, I became interested in Integrative Medicine.  I became aware of the toxins that we come into contact with everyday and how much damage they can do to our bodies, especially our children’s.  So I began studying Holistic, Alternative and Integrative Therapies.  I’m still a registered nurse and I’m not against modern medicine, but I teach how to use natural steps first.  I also teach people how to reduce the chemical overloads in all areas of their life.
When I finally started my own family, I decided to open my own family childcare so that I could be around my family as much as possible.  I have had many great kids and their families attend my childcare.  I have also truly enjoyed the opportunities that owning my own business has provided.  I have been able to attend my children’s activities and I have seen how it has made us a close knit team.
So everything was great, life was good. But then as life often does, it threw us for a curve ball.  We had to endure a very traumatic twist.  After getting a divorce, my daughter had been going on her routine visitations with her father.  One day, after spending a weekend at his house, my daughter disclosed to a school counselor that her father was doing the unthinkable to her.  Our life fell apart.  I didn’t know where to turn to find help for her.  So many places and professionals tried to help but we just kept getting passed to other places and sometimes they dropped the ball.  Sometimes, they did more harm than actually helped.  So I decided that I had to learn more.  I had to help her myself.  Afterall, that’s what a parent is supposed to do.  (That’s where the Mama Bear comes in.)  I starting doing research and I found people who really could help. I went back to school.  I learned so much.  I learned how to help my daughter turn the bad into something that would make her stronger.  I took the skills she already possessed and helped her fine tune them so that she could survive and thrive.  Our family survived and thrived too.  We became closer, more connected.  We realized that as a family we are a team and that was the only way we could survive the curveballs of life.  We became champions by sticking together and learning that the whole team has to hold up the player who was pitched the curveball.
So now, it’s a new game, and I am using my experience to help other families become successful teams and become the Champions of their life’s game!

“When you’re part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your Loyalty is to them.  You protect them through good and bad, because they’d do the same for you.”

--Yogi Berra