Theresa is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher, former Army physician assistant, and former elite and collegiate level gymnast. She received her mindfulness teacher training from Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, both world-renowned meditation teachers. She served in the Army for three years and deployed to Tikrit, Iraq as the battalion physician assistant. As a gymnast, she was a member of the 1995 World Championship Team, 1996 Olympic Team alternate, and 3-time NCCA champion at the University of Utah. Her experiences as a high-level athlete, Army officer, and meditation teacher have provided the impetus for opening up and sharing her own story along with many others'. Her intentions with writing are to create connection and understanding while also offering tools and guidance to help reduce human suffering.