After finishing grad school in 2002, I drove west across the Memphis-Arkansas bridge in my Jeep Cherokee with my English Springer Spaniel, Hank, who sat in the back seat among boxes of essentials—clothes, running shoes, books, CDs, my laptop, and a few bottles of red wine. I’d crossed that bridge many times in the past, but this time I wouldn't return to Memphis, my hometown. I’d never felt so free.

I told Hank he was going to be a West Coast dog and not to worry—there would be plenty of places to swim in Portland, Ore., where I would start a job as director of communications at the Oregon Medical Association. I quickly fell in love with my new home. Hank did too, judging by all the tail wagging. 

Several years later, after getting married and having my first child, I began freelance writing, creating research-based health content for marketing and PR agencies. Since 2015, I've been writing under my own byline for national and regional magazines about running (my passion for more than 20 years), health, and wellness.  

I have a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in health promotion from the University of Memphis. I also completed a 10-week essay writing class through Stanford University in September 2017.  When I'm not writing, I'm often taking photographs. Here's a gallery of recent work. 

(In 2013, "Boo Boo" Hank passed at age 14. We now have Harper, a labradoodle who thinks she's a kangaroo.)