I’m a photographer in the St. Louis area, and a non-traditional student studying Professional Writing and Criminology at Missouri State University.
Small-town living and massage therapy made me realize that everyone has a story that aches to be told, that the written word can be a powerful tool for growth and change, that small businesses deserve a hand up, and that writer's block is just an excuse to go grab some more coffee from your favorite barista down the street.
I've seen a lot of businesses come and go, giving me a desire to offer writing that helps the "little guys" and gals succeed. Strong business plans, effective communication, and old fashioned, excellent customer experiences are cornerstones of any business.
With over a decade of experience as a massage therapy business owner, my clinical and business knowledge has helped me educate and coach massage therapists across the country. This experience, combined with expertise in medical language, a background in Medical Technology, and a degree in Professional and Technical Writing will allow me to work with clients who are in the fields of alternative medicine, healthcare, and medical research.
Technical and non-fiction writing isn't everyone's cup of coffee; hiring a writer to create excellent content, organize your research, or tell your personal story will elevate your work to a professional level!
So how did I get here?
After 10 years in the massage industry, the physical demands of my career were catching up with me. I moved from Fredericktown, Missouri to O'Fallon and worked for massage franchises while doing photography as a fun side gig. Teaching massage is what I always considered being the holy grail of my career, so when a position opened up, I l began teaching massage theory to aspiring therapists.
Writing curriculum, teaching students effective communication and writing for resumes, business plans, and reading all of their "Why I Chose To Be A Massage Therapist" essays reminded me how much I enjoy the English language. Many of them had goals of starting their own businesses after college, and since I've always been involved in small business circles, I am passionate about the success of start-ups.
My students inspired me, and I began working on my Bachelor's degree at Missouri State University in the Spring 2020 semester. My classes have taught me analytical skills, how to use technology like Adobe software to create visual interest in my writing, writing for healthcare, and creative non-fiction that utilizes storytelling to educate, entertain, and connect with audiences.
I chose a minor in Criminology because frankly, I'm a true crime junkie and a sucker for a well-told mystery. When I was a child, my six aunts would take my cousin and me on their genealogy excursions to cemeteries. We always joked about growing up in a graveyard, but it's given me a reverence for the dead. I used to read every headstone I passed and wonder about the life the dash between years represented. Now I dream about writing true crime novels and becoming a voice for those who are missing or murdered.
"I'm confused. Are you a massage therapist, a photographer, or a writer?"
A friend once asked me this question and the answer is "Yes."
I'm a jack-of-all-trades and enjoy each profession and the flexibility they provide for me to work around my college schedule and maintain a family life.
My massage clients are located in St. Charles and surrounding counties. I've been fortunate to work with professional musicians, athletes, hometown heroes, and professionals that rock their field.
Environmental portraits and composites are my photography specialties, but I'm currently working on building a portfolio steeped in wedding photography and members of the LGBT community.
In between small contracted projects, I've written a short eBook, Work Smarter, that will be released this fall, and am working on a website directory that will help connect massage therapists, clients, and physicians.
I'm a bonus mom to two talented athletes, a spoiled Old English Bulldog, and enjoy seeing the country with my partner.