what is soar?
Ever heard of a life coach? I coach people towards creative fulfillment and all-around personal development, whether mental, physical, or spiritual.
The pillars of my practice are body + mind + voice.
Clients come to me for a variety of reasons—setting and achieving life goals, personal Pilates training, writing coaching and support, managing change, overcoming personal and professional obstacles, and navigating the unpredictability and occasional upheaval of relationships, family life and careers. The common link? I partner with people who are inspired to take their lives in new directions.
who are your clients?
I work primarily with writers, performers, athletes, entrepreneurs, and academics. My typical clients are tirelessly creative, they feel good because they’re continuously developing greater mind body awareness, and they want to dig deeper and stretch further in their personal and professional lives than they ever imagined possible.
My ‘Mind’ Credentials
I’m a CoachU trained life coach pursuing my Associate Certified Coach designation through the International Coach Federation. I grew up in Saskatchewan and have an MFA in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some wonderful coaches and a truly inspiring mentor coach. I am a writer, performer, dedicated flaneur and student of life.
What I Do
I listen to people. We talk, we laugh, we share. We chat about their lives, about the challenges they’re facing in their relationships and careers, about their health and wellness, and about the dreams they have for the days, weeks, months and years ahead. I ask questions about where they are now and where they’d like to be, and I encourage them to take action in ways big and small to move towards their goals. I support my clients in envisioning a future without limiting beliefs and in building plans to achieve that vision. I provide focused attention—our sessions are 45 minutes of YOU time—and accountability, compassion and empathy, as well as the occasional jolt of reality. I aspire to help my clients achieve their hearts’ desire.
Like many people, the journey from who and where I was fresh out of university to who and where I am today has been full of winding roads, switchback trails, dead ends, detours, tough climbs and countless welcome surprises along the way. I have been a piano teacher, an actor, a touring musician, a research assistant, a customer service manager, a professor, a marketing communications specialist, and more. I’ve worked at newspapers, hospitals, summer camps, universities, government agencies, theatres, and in big corporations. I have dreamed of writing for television (still do!) and of making feature films (one day soon), of publishing books (it’s gonna happen) and recording albums (the ideas are percolating). Everything I’ve done throughout my career has played an essential role in moving me forward, and collectively those experiences have made me a coach with a breadth of life and work experience.
My ‘Body’ Credentials
I’m a STOTT® Pilates Certified Level II Instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. I currently teach individual sessions and group classes at Retrofit Pilates and CoreWorks Pilates & Physiotherapy Studio. I’ve also studied Therapeutic Pilates through Pilates Process at Riverdale Pilates in Toronto and worked in rehab as a member of the active physiotherapy team at Rosedale Wellness. I’m an avid soccer player and lifelong athlete. As a performer, I’ve studied various forms of movement, dance and physical theatre, exploring the realms of everything from the Feldenkrais Method® to Japanese Butoh, while continuing to hone my craft as a singer through ongoing studies in voice and speech.
What I Do
I work one-on-one in studio with clients to improve core strength and posture, increase body awareness and muscle tone, and move clients who are recovering from injury towards full mobility and freedom from pain. While not a quick weight loss fix, our work can energize and release tension while building long, lean muscles, and is an excellent complement to other types of exercise and activity. I strive to make sessions both fun and challenging, and appropriate to my clients’ needs and goals, whether they are high intensity athletes or brand new to working out. I also teach small group classes on mat and equipment.
Before I became a certified instructor, I was a curious student of Pilates, nudged towards the practice post-injury by my rehab team. Pilates began as a way of restoring balance and mobility after I tore my ACL, but it appealed to my analytical side, as well as my desire to be strong and fit. Knowledgeable teachers challenged and inspired me to take a new perspective on my body and I found a way of working that’s provided a LOT of “light bulb moments”.