Katie has her M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling and currently works with the behavioral and special needs population. Katie has worked with AODA populations, individuals diagnosed with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, as well as individuals diagnosed with RAD, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders and have a history of trauma.
Katie has danced since the age of three and has been a dance instructor for 18 years and also owned a studio for five years. Katie’s mission as an instructor is to develop dancers into compassionate and empathic individuals with strong self-esteem. Katie realized that as an instructor and studio owner she was not only growing dancers but human beings. She believed that as a role model it was her responsibility to lead by example and demonstrate the great power instructors have in the lives of their dancers.
Knowledge is power and it is paramount to utilize this power to educate others. Having been in dance for all of her life, Katie has seen the evolution of the studio and dancer, positive and negative. Dance is supposed to cultivate not only a love for the arts but an appreciation for your body; however, there has been a steady decline in both. It is our duty as educators, instructors and artists to restore and continue to promote this passion, love and appreciation. She believes that YPAD is just the answer and is excited and humbled to be a part of such a great mission!