Education

I received my B.A. in French from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

I graduated from a 720-hour massage therapy program at the National Holistic Institute in 1997.

I received my Visionary Cranio-Sacral Therapist diploma in 2012 from the Milne Institute, after five years of study.

I completed the Hakomi Institute of California's two-year Comprehensive Training program in 2018 and became a Certified Hakomi Practioner in 2020.

Professional highlights

My first ten years of professional experience were earned in the financial services, sales, and administration sectors. Highlights include using my multilingual skills at a prominent international bank, and working for an early tech start-up.

I began practicing massage full-time in 1998, and in 1999 opened a private massage practice in Berkeley, CA. In  2001 I relocated to Princeton, NJ where I taught Anatomy and Physiology for three years at Health Choices massage school. I reopened my private massage practice in 2004, and in 2005 moved back to the Bay Area where I have maintained a private practice ever since. I also began working at Wilbur Hot Springs as a massage therapist in 2012.

In 2015, I formally closed the massage portion of my practice in order to focus full-time on cranio-sacral work and, in 2020, Hakomi psychotherapy.

I was born in Brazil to American Presbyterian missionary parents, who served there for 25 years. I returned to the U.S. in 1974 where I have lived ever since, except for a year in France during college. Besides fluency in Portuguese, English and French, I have excellent knowledge of Spanish, and am working on my Italian!

I love making good food, singing, hanging out with my family and beloved dog, discovering wild places... and soaking up stillness. I am also the proud mother of a Berkeley High School daughter, and am married to a wonderful man who is a professional scientist and visionary himself.

Personal highlights