"I'll always be a jack of all trades."
I've always pursued career paths that line up with my interests. "Do what you love," they say.
I love pets, and spent some time as a Veterinary Technician and a dog- and house-sitter. I love cooking and entertaining, which led me to study at the Iowa Culinary Institute. But after spending a few years working in restaurants and catering, I found that my dreams of a career in food weren't matching up with the reality of the food business. After a few years of 15-hour days, seven days a week, I just got burnt out.
In 2011, I made a drastic change. After asking myself what I wanted out of a new career path, I settled on these goals: Have fun, make my own (more sane) hours, and help people feel better and lead a healthier lifestyle. Massage Therapy fit all these qualifications. Two years later, I graduated with honors from Denver's Heritage College, receiving my Associates of Occupational Therapeutic Massage degree.
From that massage therapy training, I wanted to expand my practice to working with entire families. From young infants to grandparents. I was curious to find out if there was someone who worked with infants and pediatrics and found Tina Allen and her amazing foundation and educational trainings. With that, I pursued her educational trainings and am a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist and an Internationally Certified Infant Massage Teacher, trained by Tina Allen, founder and director of Liddle Kidz Foundation.
I am passionate about giving back to my clients, friends, and family. While massage is my main path to that end, I will always be something of a "jack of all trades," keeping busy in my old career pursuits. Whatever I can do to use my special skills to improve your life. Maybe that means planning a menu for your dinner party and giving your guest a massage after dinner. Or watching your dogs for the weekend, then giving you a massage upon your return. Being flexible and presenting different services is working for me, and working to make the lives of my clients easier, healthier and happier.
- Whitney Hilliard, LMT, CPMT, CIMT