I am a Mainer.
I reside in Gorham, with my husband Scott and my teenage boys, Patrick and Gibson. Both my husband and I have invested in our community by owning small businesses. I established Back On Track Wellness in South Portland in 2009 and my husband has been employed and an owner of Radio Communications Management, Inc., in Portland since 1996. We care about what happens in Maine, because it’s in our blood. Maine has, and always will be, the place that holds our family together.
I was born and raised in Maine. My parents, my two sisters and I have lived here for most of our lives and we have established our own families here. The way I grew up was not an idyllic childhood that revolved around living in the same suburban house for 25 years or an idealistic view of Maine and “the way life should be.”
I grew up knowing that Maine can be a very challenging place to live. I remember the shame of needing help and food assistance when I was a kid. My family was, and always will be, hard-working people, something that I share in common with many of my fellow Mainers who have also struggled to survive.
I have deep roots in Maine. My father grew up in Old Town where most of his family worked at the mill until it was shut down. My mother grew up in South Portland, one of seven kids in an Irish Catholic family. I grew up moving around the state, my family’s lives dictated by available housing and work.
We settled in Gray and I graduated from Gray-New Gloucester High School. I went on to Simmons College in Boston on a partial scholarship, where I earned a bachelor’s in biology and then to Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina where I earned my doctorate of chiropractic.
I found that living away from family, and the state I knew so well, helped me grow as a person, but Maine called me back to it. It was the place that I wanted to raise my children. It was the place that all of my family resides, where I knew I would always find support. As a Mainer, I'm sure you feel that way too.