Im a Wellness Coach and Vegan Cooking Instructor in Encinitas, CA (North County San Diego).

I love helping people achieve optimum health in body mind and spirit.

I have a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

After college I worked as a personal trainer for Dr. Deepak Chopra in La Jolla and as an exercise physiologist at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Santa Monica, CA.

I’m also Certified Food for Life Plant-Based Instructor with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and have been vegan since 2002.

I have taught Ashtanga Yoga since 1997 and was a yoga studio Founder/ Owner in Kansas City, MO for 16 years.

When I was younger I struggled with exercise addiction and was either under eating or overeating.

Yoga transformed my life and replaced my internal battle with peace and balance. It helped me to love myself and treat myself better. It also taught me to see the Divine in all living beings and the practice of “ahimsa” non-harming. I have great compassion for ALL animals.

The book, “Diet for a New America,” by John Robbins, inspired me to adopt a vegan diet for medical, ethical and spiritual reasons.

Once I changed my diet, I experienced immediate relief from acne, allergies and asthma and was able to get off my daily inhaler. My soul felt lighter as well.

When I met my husband, Wade Mortenson, in a yoga class in 2007, he was miraculously already vegan. He’d had thyroid cancer and decided to keep his gland and change his diet and lifestyle. We even had a vegan wedding in Santa Monica with our mid-west relatives and everyone loved the food, especially the cake!


















These are some of the many reasons I love teaching people how to adopt a delicious and easy plant-based diet!

Contact me for a FREE CONSULTATION and let me know how I can support you in your wellness journey:

I have written two books, Yoga’s Path to Weight Loss: A Mind Body Spirit Guide to Loving Yourself Lean and The Cheerleader Speaks: What God Taught Me About Men and Myself. I have also been published in Yoga Magazine, Vegan Lifestyle Magazine and The Law of Attraction Magazine. 

Informative and inspiring movies:

Forks Over Knives




What the Health?

Peace to you and all beings!

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