I grew up in Roseville, Illinois and earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in Psychology from Millikin. I played college basketball at Black Hawk East Community College and Millikin University. During my college career, I experienced several injuries which first introduced me to the profession of physical therapy. I went on to graduate from Rockhurst University as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2022. During my time at Rockhurst, I became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). I served as a Strength & Conditioning coach working with Men’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball, then as the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator overseeing programming for varsity sports. I was also an Athletic Trainer at Rockhurst treating athletes in the training room and covering sporting events.