“Tell the story of the mountain you’ve climbed. It could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”
My story is hopefully the reason I can play a part in yours. Heart Disease and Diabetes has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. At the ripe old age of 5 years old, I became accustomed to the meaning of open heart surgery, high cholesterol, and “watching sugars” after my Dad had suffered from his first heart attack.
Nutrition and physical activity quickly become intertwined with our everyday life as my mom did her best to combine both the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association diet. It was her effort that propelled us to lead healthier lives and gave my Dad the spark to start making changes in his.
An electrician by trade, my Dad worked in 4 different towns, 6 days a week. Prior to his heart attack, soft drinks and the local deli were his go-to staples. Electrical inspections, a men’s softball league, and bowling on Wednesday and Friday nights made up most of his physical activity. He would take my sister and I fishing, to car shows, and showed us how to play catch. He loved my mom, my sister, and I deeply, and there wasn’t a moment that went by that we didn’t know it. For 13 years, I was fortunate to have the best Dad that a girl could ask for.
Me and My Dad
You Can Thrive With Heart Disease
My Dad was the driving force behind starting Welding Wellness, and it’s my hope to make his loss, my legacy, and to use the lessons and knowledge I’ve gathered to become the resource I wish he had had. It’s a gift that I want to give to each person I work with. The opportunity to spend each day in good health. The ability to do more and be more. To thrive with heart disease in each and every sense of the word. I hope you’ll continue to join me on this amazing and humbling journey, and I look forward to guiding and supporting you on yours!
Why “Welding Wellness”?
To weld something means to “fuse and bond, join together, or cause to combine and form a harmonious or effective whole.” Welding can be done in any circumstance; uniting to create something greater than its individual parts. Wellness is the sum of emotional, social, spiritual, physical and mental health. It is my mission to help men with heart disease weld all aspects of wellness together to build a stronger, healthier, and happier life.
Education + Credentials
- Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
- Clinical Lipid Specialist
- Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Awareness Avocate
- Member of the National Lipid Association
- Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Commission on Dietetic Registration
- College of Saint Elizabeth Dietetic Internship
- Master of Science, College of Saint Elizabeth
- Bachelor of Science, Cook College – Rutgers University