Thank you so much for visiting my website. Here's just a little more background information about me.
I am a native of Virginia and grew up in Charlottesville, but summers were always spent on the water. My dad, Dr. E.W. Pullen, was a professor of anatomy at the University of Virginia Medical School for over 40 years. Growing up, I had no idea how those many visits to his lab would be so inspiring to me later on in life!
After approximately 25 years in the mostly administrative side of the medical field, I completely altered the direction my life was headed in. Motivated by my sister's chronic and debilitating illness, as well as both my father's and mother's cancer diagnoses, I knew I wanted to make a difference in the way our loved ones struggle with the challenges of cancer and other debilitating diseases. Initially, that desire to make a difference led me to find the best massage school training available.
I graduated from the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach in 2000. I began full-time massage work immediately and truly loved what could be accomplished through the use of a variety of therapeutic massage techniques. About a year later, I went for my advanced training in Oncology Massage (Medical Massage for Oncology Patients I and II) at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Subsequently, I attended The Vodder School in Victoria BC, Canada for additional medical training as a lymphedema and combined decongestive therapist. I continued my oncology training by completing Oncology/Hospital Massage - Compassionate Clinical Service.
I have enjoyed all the years of my therapeutic and oncology massage career, working with a diverse group of clients with many different medical challenges. I have had the privilege of working specifically with oncology patients for about 16 years and I have never stopped loving my work (or my clients)!
I live with my sweet and exceedingly patient husband (Buddy Spencer, a semi-retired Landscape Architect), along with our cats Rosie and Little Bits. Well... and then there's Tig, but Tig's another story!! In July 2017 we moved from the mountains surrounding Charlottesville to the deep creeks and rivers and Chesapeake Bay surrounding the Northern Neck, my childhood playground and keeper of the very best memories ever!
I am also exceedingly lucky and delighted to have two fantastic, successful adult children, their wonderful spouses, and six wildly amazing grandchildren within an easy driving distance! I live in a constant state of gratitude.