I was very young when I was born. I love that line. I really do.

  I'm a Rochester native and this is my second time moving back here. When I was 13, my sisters gave me a set of weights for my bar mitzvah. Thus began my love affair with fitness. And I started doing lights for Dave Grossman's band, called Tribe. This started me off on my first career.

    From 1974-86, I worked in the entertainment industry as a roadie, a stagehand, a high steel rigger, and a lighting designer. I was on the road with The Village People and INXS among others. I built sets for on and off Broadway shows and did lights for more bands and shows than I can remember. I partied with guitar giant Stevie Ray Vaughan and bass giant Jaco Pastorius, and walked across stage with James Brown's arm around my shoulders. I asked Arlo Guthrie to call my sister and wish her a happy birthday and she didn't believe it was him. I had dinner with Cyndi Lauper and Andre the Giant, although not at the same time. It was a thrilling and fun chapter in my life.

   Then I decided to Straighten Up and Fly Right. I moved back home and finished my bachelor's (Communications) and then got into a PhD program (Psychology) at the University of Rochester, where I worked with the Human Motivation Research Group. I met my (ex) wife, an opera singer at the Eastman School of Music. We got married and moved to Colorado mostly so I could go rock climbing.

    I climbed a lot for the next 20 years, rock faces and ice and mountains. I volunteered with Alpine Rescue Team, where I found a new family. In 2007, I almost died in a climbing accident, in fact my doctors were surprised that I survived relatively intact. I went climbing again the day I got my last cast removed but the fire had gone out. I was lost and lonely and miserable. Eventually my true passion arose from the ashes and I became a Fitness and Wellness Coach at age 58.

   Now I get the privilege and honor to help people transform themselves and their lives. I live in the light of love, acceptance, and compassion, and I try to  share that light with other people as much as I  can. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help you become your best you, full of health and happiness.

Thrive Health and Wellness LLC

700 South Ave Rochester NY 14620

voice 585-244-3367

text 303-885-3531

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