BE IN Health


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About Me

First, and most importantly, I am a Christian, a wife for 40+ years, and a mother of six children. I also have 11 grandchildren, home schooled my children K-12, and now am an empty nester! I have a BA degree in secondary math and conservation science education and am a certified Tai chi and Cecchetti dance instructor. I love to garden, crochet, cook, dance, practice yoga, travel, read, lead ladies' Bible study, and have managed a successful dog breeding business for 10 years. I am passionate about many things and teaching is an extension of who I am. Part of my fitness/dance/Tai chi training and teaching philosophy: "Backed by evidence, I focus on educating students in ways that can support their goals and exercise adherence. I meet them where they are each day and never push them harder than necessary to help them feel successful. I use inclusive language that supports a positive self-image and the unique identity of the student." I love helping and encouraging others to "be in health", live healthy lifestyles, and to be the best version of themselves that God created them to be!

For five years, I was the primary caregiver for my mother, but sadly she made her way home to heaven on Oct. 25, 2017, after suffering with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.  Maintaining balance, flexibility, strength, and mobility are all key in successful aging, and given my mom's family history (her brother and 5 cousins all passed away from Parkinson's) I am going to learn and do all I can to prevent or at least delay the symptoms in my own life. I became a certified Tai chi instructor in April 2018,  so that I can share with my family, friends, and clients some of the amazing health benefits of practicing Tai Chi! I have been teaching Tai chi at the beautiful Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI and also at our dance studio, Dance Center in Adrian, MI. 

My 87 year old aunt, who regularly practices Tai Chi, tells me that age is just a number! In fact, after she had been practicing for only 6 weeks her chiropractor noticed much improvement in her balance! She is definitely an encouraging and motivating influence in my life. I am very grateful to my Lord, my family, and my students and clients for being helpful and encouraging to me through this difficult transition period in my life. I look forward to getting to know some new friends and clients through Tai chi classes, fitness instruction, and health coaching, and then to be an encouragement and support to them in their individual health journeys!



Certificate of Completion

On August 27, 2019 I successful completed the Full Body Flexibility course through Exercise Etc. Inc. This course taught me many valuable lessons in training for flexibility, mobility, and strength. I look forward to sharing some great stretches with my students to help keep us healthy and prevent injuries.