My diagnosis of hip dysplasia at the age of 39, a disease that I only thought occurred in dogs, was life-changing. Because of the physical impact of hip dysplasia and two hip preservation surgeries, I was forced to retire from my fitness career. Because hip dysplasia is often missed or misdiagnosed, I decided my charity of choice is the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI). IHDI is dedicated to research in better diagnosing and treating this complicated hip disease in children and adults. A portion of my online sales is donated to IHDI. Specifically, profits from my PAO Warrior jewelry collection support my informational website, The PAO Project.
As a California native and a former fitness professional, I have spent countless hours hiking, running, and simply enjoying the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Rocky Mountains. I have a deep respect and appreciation for Mother Nature, and believe in conserving our environment. A portion of my online sales from my Mountain Love jewelry collection goes to the Sierra Club.