It all started on this porch - the second floor porch of the guesthouse I called home when I moved to Haiti in 2015. I spent hours in the evening with no one to verbally process my experiences with. Free from the distractions of internet and electricity during these ‘off hours,’ I started writing … my thoughts, fears, experiences, pains.
Looking out over the mountains of Port au Prince watching the sunset each evening, I tried to make sense of my world, my new world, while my paradigms, biases, and my very being unraveled around me.
I’m currently working on a memoir of my time in Haiti - how my experiences in Haiti shaped and molded me into the person I am today.
I became a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012, practiced in a large hospital system for 3 years prior to moving to Haiti where I treated a handful of fellow expats and local people who had various orthopedic and neurological issues.
My experiences in many different medical settings and specialties (cardiac/telemetry, surgery, ICU, oncology, pulmonary/lung disease, outpatient neurology & orthopedics as well as the day to day running a medical clinic in a developing country) have led me to see the body as a holistic unit. We are meant to be integrated beings - putting nutritious things in our body, life-giving thoughts into our mind and soul, and engaging in physical activity that is kind to our bodies rather than for the purpose of a specific look.
I personally love practicing yoga, cycling, participating in strength classes, walking/hiking/running, guiding others in their fitness journeys, eating clean, practicing meditation, living out my faith journey, and learning every step of the way.
I also love teaching and had the opportunity to teach several intensive courses at the best therapy school in Haiti, FSRL. Contributing to raising up a generation of Haitian Physical and Occupational Therapists is one of the best ways I can promote Therapy in Haiti and empower these brilliant and compassionate students. I plan to return to Haiti at least annually to learn with these friends. Consider supporting FSRL!
My time in Haiti sparked a deep passion and awareness of the need for missionary care. “Missionary care involves spiritual, emotional, relational and physical nurture provided to missionaries by those who love and support them.” source
I moved to Haiti naively thinking that missionaries would be the best and nicest people I’d ever met with a common goal and focus of serving local people.
It didn’t take long for me to see how the intense stress and pressures in my own life on the field were taking a huge toll leading to compassion fatigue and burn out.
I watched the complexities of cross cultural living and the lack of being understood locally and from home cultures take a toll on friends, faith, marriages, children, and more.
I personally have experienced the healing benefits of missionary care through Paracletos and several others in this field. I am committed to continuing to serve the expats in Haiti to live brave, whole, and healthy lives.
If you’d like to join me in this mission, please send me a message! You can also check out Paracletos to donate online.