Age: 42

Location: Colorado

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, C4, C5 for 5 years

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, live music, food & wine, yoga, meditation, preventative medicine, cinema

Why did you become a peer mentor? I was a physical therapist before my accident, and with a tremendous amount of knowledge of healthcare and also being a yoga instructor vested in Eastern medicine tradition, becoming a quadriplegic was just another piece of the puzzle of my life story. I have a lot of knowledge to share and a lot of individuals living with paralysis that might need information they might not get otherwise. I try to be a beacon of light and a source of positive exploration within one's own through traversing the challenges of paralysis.

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