Denise grew up in Michigan on an inland lake that began her addiction to fun and adventure. Her family was very active in outdoor activities, which she still considers among her passions today. While in high school she competed in downhill skiing and distance running. Her competitive running took her to California for her first two years of college. Then, missing snow ,she finished her BS degree in Physical Education and Health at Northern Michigan University. From there she switched sports to competing in cross-country skiing, and for the next 10 years, worked to get herself in the best shape of her life. In 1980 she raced in the Pre-Olympics which were held in Lake Placid. She traveled and raced in Europe one winter competing in the longest and most prestigious cross-country ski races the world has to offer. The races were varying in length from 32-56 miles long, doing one in 8 different countries over three months in 1981.
Some of her work adventures include, teaching sailing, canoeing, swimming, first aid and CPR for the American Red Cross, fire fighter and youth camp coordinator for the US Forest Service, ski instructor, Bike repair shops, Recreation Specialist for the Town of West Haven, CT, Ski School Director and Instructor for Mountain Meadows Touring Center in VT. She then became a meter reader and journeyman level line worker for an electric company in CT, which lead her to buying a vacation home in VT!
Denise's challenges, beginning in 1996, have been about beating Lyme disease. She had related co-infections which took over 5 years to diagnose. We need our rebel MDs who think outside the box. Should you have any questions about experimental treatments, she has been a guinea pig for quite a few. Denise has been involved in research studies, Lyme protests and various Lyme disease fund raising efforts and now facilitates a local Lyme Support group in Cadillac, MI. She feels empathy, not just sympathy, for those living with a chronic illness.
Massage entered her life in 1994 when she was given huge relief from a pinched nerve in a muscle that wasn’t helped by PT, Chiropractic, or drugs. While in a nursing home his final years her father was given great comfort by massage. In 1996 Denise graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and obtained her National Certification in Massage Therapy. She continues her education in a variety of massage modalities to help others reach their full wellness potential. Ionic Foot Bath was added to her business in 2006, Massage Cupping in 2009, Medicupping in 2018. Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna was added in 2013. These tools have helped greatly with her Lyme Disease recovery.
Denise hopes to meet you, help you with your health and hear about your adventures!