Certifications and Awards
- Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness and Dance Expertise
Lisa's a certified personal trainer and a reformed gym rat. Now that she's escaped the gym, she makes it a point to find other ways of working out, including running, martial arts, and dance. She's crazy about social Latin dancing and all types of Irish dancing.
Lisa's love for the outdoors starts with hiking and backpacking but extends to almost any type of outdoor recreation. From beachcombing to rock and ice climbing, if you can do it outside, she's probably tried it and loved it.
Lisa got her start as a writer by documenting her outdoor adventures for a local paper. Since then she has spent thousands of hours in the outdoors and published hundreds of columns, articles, and features on all facets of outdoor life. She is the author of 50 Hikes Around Anchorage and is the Hiking Expert for About.com.
Lisa has traveled extensively, exploring Europe, Mexico, Canada, and most of the United States, and she makes a significant portion of her income from travel writing, such as the updated edition of the Moon Alaska travel handbook. She often travels solo and always makes it a point to get off the beaten path and away from "tourist towns." Lisa also speaks, reads, and writes fluent Spanish.
Natural Remedies Expertise
Some aspects of Western medicine are truly amazing, but Lisa firmly believes in the value of natural remedies (including herbs, exercise, and proactive, healthy living) for treating many conditions. She managed a health food store for five years and studied with a master herbalist.
Lisa's an avid knitter, but her passion for crafting doesn't stop there. She also crochets, cross-stitches, quilts, and runs a small side business selling her creations.