I am a native of Virginia and grew up in Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our summers, however, were always spent on the water. For years we vacationed here on the Northern Neck and the towns of White Stone, Irvington, and Kilmarnock came to feel like a very comfortable, second home to me.
My dad, Dr. Edwin 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 my 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 ultimately terminal 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 began 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 since 2001 and I have never stopped loving my work (or my clients)!
In February 2017 we purchased Hydrangea Cottage in Irvington and in July we moved from the mountains surrounding Charlottesville to the deep creeks and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay surrounding the Northern Neck, my childhood playground and keeper of the very best memories ever! I live with my sweet and exceedingly patient husband (Buddy Spencer, a retired Landscape Architect), along with our cats Rosie and Little Bits. Well... and then there's Tig, but Tig's another story!!
I am also exceedingly lucky and delighted to have two fantastic, successful adult children, their wonderful spouses, and six wildly amazing grandchildren within easy driving distance! I live in a constant state of gratitude.