DDS Co-Owner & Instructor
Bio: I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil but grew up here in the States after being adopted at the age of 7. I have been dancing from the moment I was physically able to. Dancing has always been my outlet to relieve stress and to fill me with joy and happiness. Prior to my trip back to Brazil to reconnect with my biological family and volunteer at an orphanage in 2008, I started dancing Samba for the Lions of Batucada, a local Samba percussion group here in Portland. Finding Samba really made me feel reconnected to Brazil which helped me remember who I was and where I came from. I began teaching Samba at Diva Den around the same time and truly felt honored to share a little piece of my culture with all of the wonderful women that come to the studio.
I came to Diva Den Studio as a student 4 years ago looking for a fun, comfortable, and different place to work out. I found everything I was looking for and more; I found my calling in life. I began teaching a class or 2 about 6 months after starting at Diva Den and haven't looked back. My goal is to empower women and provide them with guidance, support, and resources so that they are able to make healthy lifestyle changes that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. I want to assist women in reconnecting with themselves and find that one thing that brings them joy again so that they are able to be the best that they can be for themselves and their loved ones. I love seeing the women that come to the studio, nervous, low self-esteem, wearing every garment of clothing they own, and see how slowly, the layers start coming off and they start inching their way up towards the front. The next thing you know, they become our new front row Divas and have the body, the enthusiasm, and most importantly, the confidence to be on stage, shaking what their mama gave them. I have to tell you, that is the best form of payment I could every receive, helping a woman find her inner-beauty again.
I am the Founder and Owner of Blissfully Fit which has become so much more than personal training and nutrition guidance, it has become a personal connection. I know how blessed I am and that God gave me a special gift of helping others and I truly feel like this is where I was meant to be. If I can help change one life, help one woman feel beautiful and confident again, then I am doing what I was meant to do.
I have my Personal Trainer Certification and Health Coach Certification through the American Council of Exercise (ACE) and I am currently working on the Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Certification also through ACE Fitness, the Group Exercise Certification through AFAA and Sports Nutrition Specialist Certification through NASM which will all be obtained by the end of the year. I also received the Piyo Certification in October of 2011 and I am licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning and Zumbatomic.