Experience with audience size ranges from 5000 to 1 - in the form of presentations, keynote speeches and breakout sessions. She doesn't just speak, she creates an experience that is valuable and positively life changing.
I am a curious and creative integrative health practitioner, committed to promoting positive aging experiences. One way to experience healthy aging is to integrate our physical and emotional wellbeing.
Formerly a personal trainer with the US Marine Corp. and a counselor in residential and clinical settings, I am now integrating my past experiences to create an environment where people ages 65 and greater can truly thrive.
A world traveler, who graduated from Miramar College, San Diego, with a dual-honors degree in psychology and exercise physiology, a degree in Social Work from University of Washington Tacoma, and a Master's in Political Psychology from University of Washington. I have much to learn and have completed extensive post-graduate work at Stanford University School of Medicine, U.C. Berkeley School of Psychology, and University of Tasmania. Solely, my focus has been on the intersection of dementia related behaviors and mindfulness. I am passionate about offering a language based in positive thoughts as one way to (re)frame the possible changes that may take place as we age. These shifts in how we think and talk, have the potential to soften some of the jagged edges of aging and to truly getting the most out of our aging experiences.
I am an energetic, enthusiastic, high-fiving ball of fun, balanced by an acute awareness of emotional assessment tools, patience, and consistency with keen active listening skills.
Physically, my emphasis is in functional fitness, balance training, cardio performance, and active isolated stretching (following the natural physiological processes to increase muscle elasticity and improve circulation) as these areas relate to strengthening mind-body connections. Mentally, we can develop alternative ways of thinking and feeling with an aim being to reduce any psychological distress.
With a forthcoming book Yes Please Hell No: A Dialogue on Aging, Adrienne is an industry expert for MedFit Network. She also has articles published in Thrive Global Journal, Tacoma Weekly, Seattle Times, and Tahoma West. She also penetrates the academic conversation by publishing in high ranked journals. Under-review is an article exploring the feasibility of turning a theoretical framework into a therapeutic technique to support people ages 60 and greater either with or without cognitive changes.
Conferences, Corporate, Community/Nonprofit, Hospital, College/University
Fitness Professionals, Allied Healthcare Professionals, Medical Professionals, Industry Leaders/Executives, Students, Community Members
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Active Aging
- Mental Health
- Women’s Health
- Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, March 2009.
- Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of Washington Tacoma, May 2005.
- Associate of Applied Sciences in Psychology & Exercise Physiology (Honors), Miramar College, San Diego, March 2003.
Yes Please Hell No: A Dialogue on Aging
- Trainer of the Month, Personal Fitness Professional, June 2019
- Popham Award Nominee, Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, July 2018
- Tacoma’s Vision 2025 Initiative, City of Tacoma, 2017
- Health & Wellbeing Professional of the Year, Thumbtack, 2016
- Health & Wellbeing Professional of the Year, Thumbtack, 2015
- City of Destiny Award, City of Tacoma, 2011
- Gift of Service Award, University of Washington Tacoma, 2005
- Circles of Care, Western Washington Tribal Association, 2005