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 had looked for. Her first class of Shiatsu (Japanese Massage), was so exciting and convinced Hattie that she was truly meant to become a Massage Therapist.
Hattie quickly mastered her first massage career position as an Ayurvedic technician at a Vedic health spa before opening her own private practice for 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, creating a nourishing environment with live plants and other natural elements that enhance her client's experiences.
Alongside, Hattie had discovered another passion: of wanting to share her skills with other professionals. She took a private assistant and teacher training, besides a personalized mentoring program with Rhett Hatflied, co-founder and than Educational Director of Body Wisdom.
Today, Hattie is a member of Body Wisdom’s faculty team; yet she also still loves her life and work in the rural community.
Hattie feels most rewarded when she sees her clients happy and her students successful.