While born in Iowa, Hattie grew up in a community with a large Hindu population in the town of Fair Field, which is also home to the Ayurvedic Institute. Her exposure to this ancient medical tradition instilled a great curiosity in the healing arts in Hattie; and Body Wisdom provided just the diverse and cutting edge education she was looking for. The first course which was Shiatsu (Japanese Massage) was so exciting it convinced Hattie she was meant to become a Massage Therapist.
Hattie quickly mastered her first career position as an Ayurvedic technician at a Vedic health spa before opening her own private practice in Massage Therapy, where she still offers all the many modalities that she studied at Body Wisdom and beyond.
Thanks to her client’s rave reviews and instant success of her business, Hattie could purchase a 100-year-old bank building in the small town of Batavia, IA and turn it into a lovely modern space for her practice. She created a beautiful and nourishing environment with live plants and other natural elements to enhance her client’s experiences.
Meanwhile, Hattie had discovered another passion of wanting to share her skills with other professionals. She undertook a private assistant and teacher training, and a personalized mentoring program with Rhett Hatflied, co-founder and instructor trainer at Body Wisdom.
Today Hattie is one of the school’s instructors for Thai Herbal Spa, Ayurvedic Shirodhara, and Sea Shell Massage, while still loving her life and work in the rural community.
Hattie feels most rewarded when she sees her clients happy and her students successful.