Birthplace: Potsdam, NY
Current City: LA, CA
Weight: 106 off stage, 100 on stage
Occupation: Nutritionist, Model, & Bikini Competitor
According to my mom, my love of fitness started around the age of 3 when all I wanted was a Barbie workout video with dumbbells and leg warmers… Not much has changed.
I started gymnastics in the 3rd grade and continued through high school. My interest in nutrition started there because I was naturally very small and didn’t generally eat enough to put on any muscle. I started bringing protein shakes to class way before it was cool.
I went to college for marketing and communications, and although my school didn’t have gymnastics I continued to teach it to children at summer and weekend camps. I also had a part time job at my University’s gym, where I started to get familiar with lifting weights for the first time.
After college I got a very lucrative job in pharmaceutical sales… Which didn’t take me long to realize that I had no passion for, so I went to graduate school at the University of Bridgeport in CT for my Masters in nutrition and now practice as a nutritionist. I also became a Pilates Reformer instructor during that time.
Almost 2 years ago, a friend of mine brought me to the gym to train with him and within a month or two people started asking when I was going to compete. I didn’t know what that meant at the time but I quickly found out. I prepped for my first show immediately after, competing for the first time in July 2012 in Culver City, CA, where I placed 3rd in bikini class A. I fell in love immediately with the dedication that it takes, the structure, the posing, all of it. In the last year and a half I’ve done 10 shows, placing top 3 in 7 of them, and 2 amazing wins. I also placed 4th out of almost 100 girls at the Flex Model Search at Olympia in 2012 and most recently, took 3rd at Nationals in November, missing my Pro Card by a single point. In August 2014 I won the North American Championships, one of the largest national shows to date, earning my IFBB Pro Card and recently competed in my first 2 Pro shows tying for 5th in the most recent.