Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved being active. I was active at a very young age, starting with American Kenpo at the age of 5. I continued to train in various mixed martial arts for 11 years after and participated in multiple other sports such as baseball, football, and wrestling throughout my youth.
After my parents’ divorce at the age of 14, I started rebelling, fighting, getting involved with the wrong people looking for a sense of belonging, and inflicting pain upon others because I was hurting so badly on the inside due to my past traumas. I started hanging around the wrong people, desperately seeking a sense of belonging. It wasn’t long after that when I found myself hitting rock bottom for the first time in my life, addicted to heroin at the age of 16. After being addicted to heroin and experimenting with drugs for almost 4 years total, I finally made the move to become sober and to live my best life. In August 2010, I enlisted into the United States Army and served honorably for five and a half years.
My modern day fitness journey really began in 2011, while I was stationed in Suwon, South Korea. After 2 years of consistently working out five to six days a week, I had decided I was going to pursue bodybuilding. During my 3 year journey in bodybuilding, I had competed in 6 shows altogether, achieving my Men’s Beachbody Professional status with Global Bodybuilding Organization (GBO) and reaching the national level as a heavyweight bodybuilder with the National Physique Committee (NPC). After 3 years of putting myself through the intense training, diet, and dehydration protocols, 6 back-to-back shows, and working my weight up to 253 pounds, I finally considered stepping away from bodybuilding because I remember my daughter coming to visit and I couldn’t even sit on the ground to play with her. After seeing her defeated face, I knew something had to change. That very next day, on March 21, 2017, I leaned on a counter at work and in a split-second, it snapped – tearing 4 tendons and severing my radial artery and median nerve. When I got to the hospital and after running blood test, they had revealed to me that I had severe liver toxicity and an acute kidney injury because of the lifestyle and choices I had made to pursue bodybuilding.
After my injury and receiving the horrific news of my health, I knew something had to change. After years of work and countless investments into my personal growth and continuing education, NeuIntention Health and Wellness was born with a mission to empower others to live happier, healthier, pain-free lifestyles.
My education and certifications include: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), United States of America Powerlifting Club Coach (USAPL-CC), Functional Movement Systems Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise Trainer (DNSET), Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms), Certified Animal Flow Instructor (Level 1), Certified Steel Mace Flow Coach (Level 1), and Gateway Healing Level 2 (Spiritual Self-Healing).
I am currently working towards obtaining my Level 2 Animal Flow Instructor Certification (Level 2 course already completed, pending test-out), becoming a Gateway Healing (Spiritual Healing) Practitioner (Level 3 scheduled November 2019), and currently enrolled in the Being True To You (BTTY) 30-level Addiction Recovery and Psycho-Spiritual Coach Training program, which I will graduate as a Transformational Addiction Recovery Coach in January 2020.