I became an occupational therapist basically because I was a musician and secretary with several repetitive stress injuries and I wanted answers.  I've been practicing now since 2011, primarily in a big Level II trauma hospital, though I've ventured into skilled nursing and community OT working with adults with developmental disabilities. 

My clinical interests includes neurology (stroke) and orthopedics.  Heart problems are also interesting in terms of how it affects a person's day to day functioning.  But really, my day entails trying to help a person feel less bad, sad, scared, and disconnected from their bodies and the world they are attempting to navigate.

In between that and drumming, I like to go birding, write/record songs, and eat nachos.

 Photo by Julian Mendoza (2015) jmphotoguy.com

Photo by Julian Mendoza (2015) jmphotoguy.com


 Photo by Mike Johnson (2014)

Photo by Mike Johnson (2014)

I've wanted to be a drummer since I was 7 years old. My brother fronted our imaginary band Mercury we covered all of KISS' Alive II  using tennis rackets and chopsticks.  I played on books and pillows until the tender age of 14, when the same frontman brother bought me my first drumset.

I feel I became a drummer at 37, more than 20 years into my playing (which included 10 years performing with local bands in the greater Sacramento and Albuquerque area).    I realized I wanted to be the best drummer I could possibly be and that there was a lot of work to be done.  I have embarked on studies with fantastic instructors and have cracked opened the books.  Finally, I am up for the challenge - all the failures, little victories, and the wonder that accompany the learning process.



Albuquerque, NM