I’ve always had a passion for fitness and sports as well as helping others. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and worked in the human services field before having my daughter. I decided to become a stay at home mom but my vision of motherhood took a different direction. My daughter was diagnosed with Autism at age two. The visions I had of playing sports, celebrating holiday traditions and conversing with my daughter were replaced by tantrums, sleepless nights, therapies, and loneliness. I was truly hopeless about life and could never have envisioned the path that would be forged for me because of my daughter, Briana.
During the early years of my daughter’s life I spent time in Cary while she attended a special school for Autism. I would spend hours at the gym each week learning from my gym mates everything there was to know about traditional strength training. My time at the gym was my escape and the best way for me to deal with the grief I was experiencing at the time.
I realized that fitness could be a profession for me and I was encouraged by those around me to pursue personal training. I trained at the Go Primal Fitness and Training Institute in Gainesville, FL. This certification bridges the gap of all health related modalities by integrating the key principles of strength and conditioning coaches, chiropractors, physical therapists, nutritionists, and massage therapists.
I am also certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, one of the top accredited personal training certifications in the country. I have twelve years of experience in teaching corporate wellness programs, personal training, and group classes. I started Beyond Barriers Personal Training in 2011 and opened up my training facility in 2014. Based on my education and experience I have developed a training model, centered on traditional and revolutionary methods that are safe and effective.
The name Beyond Barriers has special meaning to me. Despite all the obstacles I’ve faced, I’ve managed to prioritize my health and the health of others. My daughter is now sixteen years old. She is non-verbal and will require one-on-one assistance for the rest of her life. I’m so privileged to be her mom as she has touched the lives of everyone who has worked with her. My daughter showed me I had strength I never knew I had and her beautiful spirit continually teaches me what is truly important in life. I’m also grateful for my daughter, Maya, who I had fourteen years after Briana. She keeps me young and light hearted.
I have had the pleasure of seeing our clients over the years continue to give meaning to the name Beyond Barriers. I’ve watched clients overcome significant health issues, death of a loved one, obesity, and significant family and work challenges. They have all managed to find a way to overcome and prioritize their health. I want to use these teachings to help others find the strength to overcome challenges and live their best life.