I have always been a free spirit, explorer, and people person. I’m a Midwesterner by birth, a Californian through my formative years, a Midwesterner once again through high school and early adulthood, and today, a New Jersey resident.

Growing up, my younger brother and I saw the country during the summers from the backseat of my adventurous mother’s 1971 Volkswagen Beetle. I continued my explorations during college by studying abroad in Rome at Loyola University. With a degree in communication and journalism, I navigated the world of marketing and public relations in Chicago before meeting my husband, Claus, and together we set off on a whole new adventure.

Claus and I studied Spanish in Spain, skied in the West, ran the New York marathon, and completed the Chicago triathlon. We ran a small service business in Chicago and entertained friends and family from Claus’ native country of Denmark.

Life was amazing and it kept getting better. We both earned MBAs, wound up in Dallas for our careers, and had three rambunctious boys. A job transfer landed us in Ramsey, New Jersey, where we immersed ourselves into the community.

In 2003, our lives changed forever. Claus was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer. He died on February 8, 2005—our boys were 10, 9 and 6 years old.

What do you do when your family engine loses power? Crashing was not an option. We regained momentum one day at a time. Community and school became a solid foundation and friendships provided love and security. We brought a puppy into our lives and each found a physical activity to enjoy and put energy toward. Most importantly, we kept Claus alive through stories, photos, and strong connections to his family in Denmark.

Today, my boys are venturing into adulthood and are building their own lives and futures. And me? I’ve become a health coach.

When tragedy strikes, it affects the inside of your body often long before it appears on the outside. Ask anyone with digestive issues if they’ve experienced a major catastrophe in their lives, and the answer is usually yes. Talk to someone with an autoimmune disease about their life growing up, and you’ll discover clues in their history: where they lived, what they ate, and how they spent their time.

Perhaps you want to improve your energy, sleep better, or lose some extra pounds. Once you get a handle on the basics to feeling better, your confidence will soar. I work with people from many different journeys but with a specific health goal, and that is to feel their best. Let me help you reclaim your life!