At the age of 9, I picked up my first viola and from that point on I was hooked. I pursued music all the way through to a Doctoratal degree which I finished in 2013. Along the way, I encountered my share of challenges. When I was 15, I experienced my first playing-related Repetitive Stress Injury. For the next 15 years, I struggled to maintain a performance career while experiencing worsening symptoms.
I saw countless specialists, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, Rolfers, and acupuncturists. You name the health profession, chances are I consulted with them. None of them could help me because none would take the time to truly understand my situation. In 2009, I found CrossFit and things changed for me. In my youth, I studied ballet and I spent time in the gym. But up until finding CrossFit, I had never understood how exercise and movement could help me play better. CrossFit made me stronger, increased my stamina, and gave me hope. This was an eye-opening moment for me though it was nowhere near the end of my journey.