I completed my Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at Kansas State University in December, 2016 with a focus on physiology and behavioral science. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Kinesiology Department. My research focuses on tactical athletes including firefighters, military, and police officers with a focus on health and wellness. Our lab examines high intensity functional training (HIFT) such as CrossFit and its relevance for different populations. My background is in the fire service. I attended a regional fire academy in Kansas, became state certified as a Firefighter/EMT, and served as a volunteer firefighter for four years. I also have my Fire Service Instructor I certification and taught at a regional fire academy for 6 years before attending K-State to further my education. I am dedicated to bettering the lives of firefighters and the communities they protect all across the nation by increasing awareness and research regarding these important tactical athletes.