My experience as a physician and athlete gives me a unique perspective to understand your racing, fitness and lifestyle goals.
I've worked in various medical settings over my 20 year career as a physician, ranging from Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics, to Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. I've also participated in everything from Ironman triathlons to endurance mountain biking, road racing and cyclocross. As someone who returned to racing at an older age, I understand the perspective of a masters level athlete. I also have had my fair share of injuries and know what it is like to rehabilitate one's body back to a certain fitness level as well as how to prevent future injuries. As someone who was diagnosed with Hereditary Hemachromatosis I also understand what it is like to deal with a chronic medical condition while remaining healthy and active.
Voted most athletic in my high school competing in tennis, basketball, track and softball, I focused on academics in college, only participating in intramural sports and running a few 5 and 10 km road races. In medical school, I turned to triathlons, winning my age group on many occasions.
But then the rigors of residency and my medical career kept me out of competition until 2003 when I realized I was neglecting my physical and mental well-being as a result of working too much. I bought a bike, hired a coach and began competing in triathlons. I lost 30 pounds in the process and stopped practicing clinical medicine, focusing on the study of exercise physiology and helping others to achieve their goals.
Multiple short distance triathlons, Ironman 70.3 races, completed Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 2005, and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in my age group in 2007.
Began bike racing at age 46 and worked my way up to a Cat 3 road racer, specializing in time trials and criteriums.
Member of the Elite Women's Oregon State Championship Time Trial Team in 2010
Success in Cyclocross in the Masters Women's field including competing in the US Championships
Competed in High Cascades 100 mile MTB race twice; placing 2nd in the Masters Women category in 2012
Completed the Leadville Trail 100 and Whiskey 50 MTB races as well as many local 6 hour and 50 mile MTB races
Guide for the Central Oregon 500 since it began in 2011 which is 500 miles in 5 days of 5 of the best centuries around Central Oregon
Completed the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix Sportif's in Belgium and France in 2015
Competed in the Great Nordeen Nordic Ski race 30km at Mt Bachelor
I write a training blog for Bicycle Rides Northwest and help folks get ready for long events and tours by using a step by step hands on coaching and support providing guidelines to help them reach their goal whether it be a first metric century, century or the full week tour.
I am a Trek Women's Advocate, and lead rides and clinics for women cyclists of all abilities and disciplines. I also teach cycling (indoor spinning and mountain biking) at The Athletic Club of Bend. I also work at and ride for Sunnyside Sports in Bend.
I live with my husband and golden retriever, Pixel, in Bend, Oregon. In addition to my coaching practice I have volunteered on Nordic Ski Patrol at Mt Bachelor, was on the Board Of Directors of Mt Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), work as a medic at bike races and volunteer throughout the community. I went to Ecuador in 2015 as the physician for Athletes Without Limits (intellectually disabled athletes) representing USA and Australia in the INAS World Championships.
I enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, bike touring and watching any Cleveland sports team. I find peace and solitude in the mountains. My friends call me a "coffee snob" as I don't go anywhere without my aero press and my favorite Stumptown coffee.