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My life’s work is to help you open your incredible heart and through it, heal from any challenge, have happy relationships, find deep purpose, and live with financial freedom.

An “alchemist” is someone who can take one substance and transform into another. And my life has been a long process of learning how to change “lead” (anger, sorrow, pain, rage) into “gold” (love, forgiveness, light-heartedness, joy).

I like to look at my life in a few “heart chapters” that led me to where I stand today: a coach and healer for others.

Here’s how I became The Heart Alchemist.


I started out life as most of us do: with the tender, innocent, and open heart of a child. I was born in California but raised in the breathtaking Azores Islands, a little-known paradise in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, that belongs to Portugal.

From my earliest memories, I was what you might call “quirky”. I was extremely spiritually sensitive and solitary at times, my heart bursting with curiosity at all the miracles that life presented.

But that open-heartedness didn’t last very long.

Before the age of 5, I experienced two major life traumas that completely blocked my tender heart and caused great suffering in my life: my father’s severe illness and sexual abuse perpetrated by a family member.

By early adolescence, I was so filled with rage, anger, and fear that I didn’t want to be alive anymore. I suffered from severe panic attacks, depression, and anxiety. I was drowning in my own darkness. The sexual trauma became so repressed that I didn’t even remember big chunks of my childhood.


Fast forward 15+ years and I was now living in New York City (then Washington D.C.), working as a Neuropediatric Physical Therapist. I received my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from New York University and my Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University.

I was now a clinician, trained to see health and healing in a “science-based” way: only what can be verified by science exists.

But something was deeply missing. On the outside, it looked like I was living a great life. I had the “Dr.” initials, a wonderful partner, a highly rewarding career, and lived in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Yet, I felt like I was slowly dying on the inside.

It turns out that living with a blocked heart had taken a major toll on my life.

I wasn’t living the life that my heart wanted, I was living from my powerful mind only.

But life has a way of helping us heal, one way or another. And usually, this “healing” comes in the form of major breakdown and pain.

In 2013 my life fell apart with the sudden breakup of my marriage.

And it was in this “falling apart” that everything actually fell into place.


When my life fell apart, I realized just how misguided I had been by my own mind.

So I decided to do something different. After 30 years of living with a closed heart and rejecting my spiritual gifts, I finally said “f*ck it” and opened the door to my spirituality once again.

I also decided that my mind would no longer command my life. I was going to open my heart and heal everything that needed healing within me.

I knew I could live a purposeful, joyful life. I knew it was my destiny.

But most importantly: I was going to help others heal and open their wounded hearts too.


For the next 4 years, I lived a life of almost complete solitude in the middle of nature — a hermit basically. My days were filled with hours of meditation, silence, spiritual connection, and the great outdoors.

I knew I needed to heal before I could help others do so, too.

As my heart opened, my life changed completely.

I went from a depressed, anxious, traumatized, and perpetually unhappy person to a joyful, light-hearted, purposeful one.

I also began to receive spiritual guidance from the Universe and experienced some pretty amazing, if frightening, phenomenon.

There was a spontaneous Kundalini awakening, which can be an extremely difficult spiritual initiation (and was for me). After that, I began to channel very powerful healing energy through my hands, which I use today in all my client work.

I met my Twin Flame, a very unique spiritual partnership that forces your heart to fully open into unconditional love. My experience with this connection now guides all my work with clients who wish to live in loving, spiritual, Sacred Relationships.

In those 4 years of hermit life, I also wrote two books, began coaching others and started doing intensive 1-on-1 private retreats, which I call Heart Accelerators.

But my spiritual awakening and heart opening didn’t eliminate my scientific mind. In fact, it reinvigorated it.

The scientist in me had experienced all these inexplicable life-changing events and now she wanted to replicate them for others.

As I began to work with clients, I noticed a strong pattern that was at the root of virtually every problem or challenge they faced:

The heart was blocked and the mind was controlling.

But here’s the kicker: the vast majority of my clients didn’t know their hearts were blocked or their minds controlling.

This had been the case in my own life too.

And more: the people with very painful childhood experiences (like myself) were also the ones with bigger heart blocks and more controlling minds.


To find out, take my 5-min Heart Quiz. You’ll receive a detailed profile and some powerful tools to start opening your heart today.


Once I discovered this common pattern, I set out to design actionable, effective, simple, and powerful tools that could help others open their hearts and calm their controlling minds, just as I had.

I also made the “heart work” easier and faster for my clients.

What took me years of solitude and spiritual work to learn, was now taking only months for my clients to achieve.

In 2017, I finally emerged from my solitary hermit life and was launched back into the “real” world.

I was now ready to serve others on a much deeper level and fully embrace my life’s work:

I’m an integrative healer and teacher that combines both scientific and spiritual tools to help others open and heal their wounded hearts.

I found the key to a life well lived and it had always been my heart.

I became The Heart Alchemist.


I’ve taken my 16-year career in wellness, fitness, nutrition, neuropediatrics, mindfulness, energy medicine, life-coaching, and spiritual guidance…and made a big omelet with it!

And it’s in this tremendous diversity of professional and life experiences that I’ve found my sweet spot and true power as a healer.

Whether you reach me through my free content or paid services, know that I’m committed to helping you live an open-hearted, delicious life.

98% of my work is given away for free and the other 2% helps support my organization’s “Pay It Forward” model: those who can afford my services and products help pay for those who cannot.

Feel free to drop me a line here if you have any questions. I welcome your emails and read them all. It may take me a few days to respond, but I will.


If your heart resonates with my story and energy, I’d love for you to join our thriving community. You’ll get a weekly email with my latest content and subscriber-only deals.

To find out if your heart is blocked, take my 5-minute Heart Quiz, where you’ll get a detailed heart profile and many practical tools to start opening your heart today.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and work with me, please read my “How I work” page first. This will help you see if we’re a fit to work together, as my coaching and healing style is not for everyone.

Thank you so much for connecting with me. I look forward to helping you open your heart and live a deeply fulfilling life.

With so much love;



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