I grew up working with my dad. He was the only medical doctor in our small town of 700 people. Until I became an adult, I assumed all doctors took walk-ins, carried black leather bags, and made house calls.
I was pretty young when dad figured out that I was totally comfortable in a clinical setting, so he trained me to assist him at his private practice. I wore a mini lab coat and stethoscope, and I performed patient intake duties and assisted in minor surgeries. If he got a call at midnight from someone with an injury needing emergency care, he could wake me up and take me along without disturbing his nurses. It saved his patients from having to make the long and expensive trip to the emergency room thirty minutes away, and it was cheap labor since I usually worked for thrills.
In 2010 I received a BA from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, and a year later I moved to New Albany with my husband Preston when he began his career in urban ministry. He now runs a non-profit organization called Nomad Church Collective.
I found massage therapy through a combination of long-term interest in health and wellness and a constant searching for a career that fit my personality. After some research, I found a great school in Louisville with highly experienced staff and an unparalleled curriculum. The education I received at Advanced Massage Therapeutics focused on massage as healthcare. Each day beginning the very first day of class, hours of class time were devoted to providing each student with hands-on experience as a client and as a therapist.
Preston and I opened New Albany Massage Therapeutics in the fall of 2015. We began adding other therapists to the team in the summer of 2017. We love it.