Susan has been coaching since 2000.  She started off as a personal and business coach, then became a personal trainer specializing in working with seniors, and finally a health coach, again focused on seniors.  The testimonials below are from a wide spectrum of her clients.  She also has been trained as a teacher and a mediator.

At age 64, overweight and exhausted, she decided it was time to transform her life.  She developed the concept of “Finishing with a Flourish,” teaching seniors to make changes in their diet, exercise, and lifestyle so they could become healthier and get back to pursuing their dreams.  She is an avid camper and hiker, (almost) always preferring to be outdoors. If she has to be indoors, hopefully all the windows are open.




I Almost Forgot to Have Children

I am a personal coach whose passion is helping people realize their dreams.  Many people come to me wanting to change jobs, to start a business, to find a new career.  But sometimes people seeking fundamental life change need something else, something improbable and often illogical, before they...

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Finish with a Flourish

So I'm going to riff on what I said in About Susan about how I came up with the name Finish with a Flourish to represent the work I do with seniors. I mentioned that I was overweight and out of shape at age 64. I had a spectacular success a few years before in successfully adopting an infant when...

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Susan coached me over a span of six months with regards to a personal project dealing with the Middle East peace process.  She stayed with me, supporting what I wanted to achieve and challenging me when I was on the verge of deciding I was too busy, too tired, or re-evaluating why I took on the project in the first place.  I accomplished my goal and was surprised by how much more I was able to achieve than originally planned and indeed how much I continue to generate even today.  I learned that I was much more powerful than I ever imagined.  At 60 I am running half-marathons and  managing a thriving immigration law practice.  Susan is still one of my biggest cheerleaders.Ben Landey, J.D.

Susan coached me as I started a new business venture and retooled administrative functions in my ongoing position as cliinical director of ten staff members.  She is insightful, enlightening, and motivating.  Her work with me has been powerful in freeing me of old ineffective patterns to find pathways to creativity.

Albert Davis, M.D.

After years of intense physical activity riding horseback, swimming, and white water canoeing, I had ruined my back, totally worn away the cartilage in my knees, and torn both rotator cuffs. So I slowly faded into couch-potatohood. After getting both knees replaced I at least started water aerobics but was able to do little more. But, by then my back was so weak that I was having a hard time walking more than a few yards and standing was intolerable.

At age 68, I started training with Susan. Great decision! After a year I am MUCH stronger. I’m so grateful to Susan for all her encouragement and help. She’s particularly supportive when I get down because I don’t feel like I’m progressing quickly enough. I’m confident that I will soon be back to my old active lifestyle and it brightens my whole life. Thanks a million, Susan.

Ebeth McMullen

When I chose to work out with Susan almost two years ago, I had no idea that she would be such a great support in my journey of beginning to take care of me!  She tailors each workout for me.   Susan continues to research what exercises will be best for me and helps me strive to be my best. I look forward to my workouts which are always different. Susan’s encouragement has kept me going, and I can see and feel a difference.

Nancy Nierva

I have been going to Susan for several years—starting in the pool because of strength and surgery issues and then graduating to land exercise and strength training and love the way she understands “seniors.” Susan has a wealth of knowledge and experience that I find extremely helpful.

Mary Dill

Susan did an excellent job of motivating my wife, who has dementia, to do a complete routine of exercises on the machines. The weekly progress became quite evident and my wife enjoyed the sessions—she never came home complaining of any pain from the workouts!

Stuart Alston

I am 66 years old and I have never really exercised. I’ve been training with Susan for 2 years now and I feel stronger and sharper mentally. My 92-year-old mother, who has dementia, has also been working out with Susan and I have seen an improvement in her mobility, but more importantly in her mood and energy. She is truly a different person after an exercise session. I highly recommend training with Susan no matter what your age.

Linda Harrison



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