I played high school basketball in San Diego, then played collegiate ball at New York University. I graduated with a B.A. in Communications, then went on to play professionally in the Philippines for five years.
During my rookie year, a deeper sense of intention arose within me. Rather than continuing to chase the spotlight, I began a search for a more intrinsically-fulfilling purpose. I watched with new awareness as the game exposed egoic habits and beliefs, noticing a clear correlation between my ability to be present and achieving success toward my goals. The game evolved into self-mastery. During all of my free time, I found myself researching the field of optimal human potential. Most impactfully, I began a consistent practice of sitting in silence and learning my "self;" ultimately using my own experience as a case study in determining the ways in which mindfulness and meditation affect performance. At the peak of my professional career, I walked away from the game I love to follow a deeper calling: teaching people the art of presence so they can experience greater levels of POWER, POISE, and PRODUCTIVITY.
After retiring from my career overseas, I became trained to teach a course called mPEAK, (mindfulness-based Performance Enhancing Awareness and Knowledge), developed at UCSD's Center for Mindfulness alongside the Chopra Center's Pete Kirchmer. I've also been trained to teach mindfulness to kids by Dr. Amy Saltzman. I then became the Mental Skills Director for a basketball academy called Team Esface, serving hundreds of young athletes while also training a team of coaches to improve their approach. At the same time, I expanded my online programs to professional athletes around the world.
Now into its eighth year, The Mental Skills Dojo has built a mindfulness and embodiment curriculum to support people of all ages, lifestyles, and backgrounds in boosting energy, improving performance, and reaching personal goals!