I am originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee but currently live in Tallahassee. From 2006 to 2010, I attended Carson Newman College. I received a degree in Athletic Training and am certified as an athletic trainer. While studying for my degree, I worked with the football, basketball, baseball, tennis, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer teams. In July of 2011, I graduated from the CORE Institute of Massage Therapy, where I received advanced training in Myofascial Therapy, Medical Massage, and Sports Massage through the Master Practitioner Certification Program. While working with Dr. Van Tassel and doing rehabilitation exercises with patients, I have learned to treat the problem and not just the pain. By treating the problem with patient education, exercises, and patient home care the result is no more muscle dysfunction and pain. I get the greatest satisfaction with patients when they tell me the exercises helped and they have no more pain. As I add massage therapy to my profession, I will work on fixing the problem and not just treating the pain. I will focus on the client’s problems and stretching to come up with an individual plan that is specific to his or her needs
Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Tallahassee at an early age and now consider myself a local! After graduating from Lawton Chiles High School in 2004 I joined the U.S. Army. After completing my contract and one deployment to Iraq I returned home for education and job training. I became a personal trainer and, shortly after, a Core Institute graduate in 2012 where I became certified in Myofascial Therapy and received extensive experience in several modalities. Since then I have become certified in Sports Massage via Dr. Pete Pfannerstill, Hand Reflexology and began competing in bodybuilding while pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science. Being a massage therapist, personal trainer and a bodybuilder has given me a better understanding and deeper appreciation for the body and its functions. I endeavor to leave my clients with more than just relaxation and relief but education to improve daily living and health. Dr. Van Tassel’s practice is a staple in the Tallahassee area known for quality care and professionalism, something I hope to supplement.