SMART Coaching: Specialized Movement and Race Training. One of the most enticing things about endurance sports is that they are accessible to everyone. Anyone can train themselves to run in a race, participate in a triathlon, or ride a bike. With training on your own comes room for error. A lot of room for error.

As a physical therapist at a clinic that specializes in the treatment of endurance athletes, I see patients every day who come in due to various reasons: injuries due to overtraining, acute inflammatory injuries due to being underprepared for athletic activity, and biomechanical movement issues due to running or swimming with incorrect form. While some of these athletes are self-trained, many are not. Many are coached athletes, whose coach may be local or someone coaching them from afar. SMART coaching will help eliminate the error.

With my background as a physical therapist, a strength and conditioning coach, a movement specialist and an endurance athlete, I have the education, training and experience to coach an athlete to reach his or her potential while significantly reducing the risk of injury. By conducting a complete swim, bike, run, and movement (though the Selective Functional Movement Assessment) analysis, I will create an entirely individualized training plan based on the results of the assessment and your specific goals. Together, we will work to create a training plan that will work best for you, including all the tools you need to be successful.

MY STORY I grew up in a small, rural town in upstate New York. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with the water (which come to think of it, is now amusing seeing as how I live in a desert). I began competitive swimming in elementary school. I loved swimming. I loved going to practice. Swimming gave me confidence and instilled the greatest sense of discipline and purpose. I swam competitively throughout high school and college until an injury forced me to stop.
Swimming had been my constant; it had been my outlet. I am so immensely grateful for the sport and all it gave to me.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in music performance, I went directly into physical therapy school at Duke University. Overwhelmed by the intensity of the program, I turned to the only outlet I knew, exercise. I began running, spent every morning in the weight room, and took up mountain biking. I became happy again. Right after graduation, I raced my first triathlon and I fell in love with the sport. I loved the camaraderie between the athletes and the competition. It reminded me of my first love, swimming.

Shortly thereafter, I accepted a physical therapy position in Phoenix, Arizona. With a big move came a lot of changes, and triathlon was a way to make friends and start to form a life in my new city.

Working as a Physical Therapist at Endurance Rehab has provided me the opportunity to work with countless runners, triathletes, cyclists, and other athletes and has given me a first hand look at what causes injury with endurance athletes and what they could do better.

I was raised to not only dream big dreams, but to find a way to achieve those dreams and to work until I am satisfied. I have worked for every single thing that I have had in my life. I was not a naturally fast swimmer. I could not earn good grades without working for them. I know how to work hard, but even more than that, I know how to work smart, and with that, the idea of SMART Coaching was born.