I am a transplanted New Yorker living in Massachusetts with my husband, two beautiful daughters and aging Yorkie terrier!
I grew up on Long Island, NY but my happiest childhood memories were in Brooklyn with my grandparents. Both were Holocaust survivors who triumphed over the worst possible circumstances with love and laughter when they made their way to America with a young baby boy (my dad) after the War. They taught me how to laugh at my own shortcomings, how to love, and how to work through any obstacle life might throw at you. I wouldn’t appreciate how influential they were in my life until I became an adult with children of my own.
I went to New York University in 1991 and threw myself into city life. I met my amazing husband there, Antonios (Tony) Aliprantis, who was studying medicine at NYU as well. I went on to Hofstra School of Law and after finishing my JD worked as a prosecutor in Nassau County. Tony and I lived the New York twenty-something life and married in 2001. We moved to Massachusetts in 2004 so Tony could complete his rheumatology fellowship at Harvard. I found a new career, training prosecutors around the state as a grant funded staff attorney in domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
With all these blessings, life brought struggles too. Like my mother and her mother before her, I silently battled alcohol addiction, which slowly but surely eroded my health and relationships. Then a small miracle occurred. I landed in the hospital hours away from losing my life from an autoimmune digestive disease. Many would never consider this a blessing. However, the late nights alone in the hospital gave me time to reflect on my life from a bird’s eye view. I realized changes had to be made.
Through a lot of personal development and many wall kicking moments during recovery from my autoimmune disease and struggle with alcohol, I came to appreciate that during the hard journeys, we grow the most. It’s probably why my grandparents were the greatest people the world could ever know.
I lost my grandparents a decade ago at a time when life threw me another curveball: infertility. Fortunately, we were able to overcome this too, with some faith in, “what’s meant to be will be” and with the help of the medical community in Boston. Life blessed us with two uniquely wonderful little girls: Felitcia and Eliana. Needless to say, motherhood has been my greatest joy.
Over the past few years, I have recreated my professional life, partnering with a health and wellness company, Isagenix®, to bring solutions into people’s lives. I now use my skills as a successful businesswoman and former trial attorney to coach other women and men to their best health and to help many of them realize their greatest financial and personal potential as well.