Born and raised in Coppell, TX I spent my childhood exploring just about every sport my parents would sign me up for. Despite my background in gymnastics, competitive cheerleading and dance, my attention quickly shifted as a kid to team sports. I spent the majority of my growing years playing club soccer and running club track. As a kid sitting still was not something I did well and any sport that allowed me to run, and run fast, I was all for it!
Unfortunately my senior year of high school I suffered a season/career ending ACL injury and had to hang up my soccer cleats. But following hardship often comes new opportunity. Although my career as a soccer athlete ended, I was offered a scholarship to Texas Tech University to run Division I Track and Field. So, I took this opportunity, and literally ran with it. I then spent the next 7 years of my life in Lubbock, TX with my fellow Red Raiders where the tumbleweeds were the size on small sedans.
Flash forward 4 years, I was wrapping up my NCAA eligibility at Texas Tech University and I was lost on what to do next. Naturally I did what most cross-country/track athletes did, I trained for a half marathon. Although I trained and successfully complete my half marathon race, this was probably the loneliest endeavor I ever took on. I was desperate to find a community and team to be a part of again.
HubCity CrossFit in Lubbock, TX became my first box home. I spent the next 2 years during graduate school exploring the world of CrossFit. I loved every bruise, skin tear, blood and drop of sweat that came with this challenging sport. I loved that each day I was pushed out of my comfort zone and tested on new skills. During my last year of graduate school I had the opportunity to bounce around the country fulfilling clinical internships, which also allowed me to be a member at over 5 different CrossFit Boxes. I made numerous new friends and teammates, and was able to learn from over 20 different coaches with a variety of athletic backgrounds!
In 2015, I was offered a physical therapy sports residency position at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine in downtown Fort Worth. Although, over the past 2 years my training has sometimes had to be put on hold for work, this opportunity allowed me to become a member at CrossFit Iron Horse. Once again, I was welcomed into a new community, full of hard working and friendly individuals. Recently, my life as a sports physical therapist has many times crossed paths with my life as a CrossFit athlete. Being given the opportunity to start coaching CrossFit has and will allow my to integrate a sport I love into my professional life and allow me to change lives not just at the clinic, but also at the gym as well!
- Crossfit Level 1