Born and raised in upcountry Maui and moved to Windward Oahu in HS. Received a BFA (Studio-Fine Art) from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (with a specialization in Family and Couples Therapy). Currently cross-training in Asian medicine at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Training and work experience with diverse clients, in suicide crisis management, rehabilitation counseling, grief work, family and couple therapy, incest treatment, stress physiology and pain management (using eastern approaches). Also has training and experience in individual, group, and reflecting team clinical supervision.