ARTIST / WRITER / EDUCATOR/ REIKI PRACTITIONER/PAIN MANAGEMENT ADVOCATE
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, I now live with a wonderfully supportive husband and we have raised two incredible adult daughters. I have been an artist/educator in the St. Louis area for many years teaching at the high school, college and adult-education levels. Recently retiring from teaching at St. Louis Community College-Meramec in the Design, Visual and Performing Arts Department, I have ventured into new territory with the publication of my book, Silent Courage. Currently, I am presenting writing workshops assisting others to “mine” the stories their souls want to tell and working on a series of children’s books.
The first of my children’s books, Wheelie, the Wheelchair in Search of Adventure, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Having endured a chronic pain journey from hip dysplasia since childhood, I have an insider’s grasp of its complexities and challenges. While hip replacement surgery has allowed me to be in a better place for many years, I am acutely aware of the gaps that exist between those who experience pain and those who treat pain–and I want to help bridge them together.
My life experiences have guided me to become a Chronic Pain Management advocate. Creating awareness about the lingering effects of chronic pain on the person, validating these experiences, developing peer support and identifying spaces/resources where healing can continue are all passions of mine. I have designed creative workshops, classes, and a variety of events on these topics. Book me today!
M.S. Ed/Art Education
Usui Reiki Practitioner, Level 2
Executive Board Member, Rockhaven Ecozoic Center, House Springs, Missouri
Photo credit: Tony Carosella