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The Creative Team

The Creative Directors
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Sandi Croft

Co-Director, Founder

professional highlights:

  • Artistic Director for Mystère, O and Zumanity

  • Director of Creation for Cirque du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop

  • Producer for Purple Lotus Productions / Festival Encore in Quebec

  • Marketing Representative for Capezio Ballet Makers / Asia

  • dancer for Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Gloria Estephan

WHAT IGNITES ME

laughter, nature, thinking outside the box, creative minds, kind souls

“With the Las Vegas entertainment industry facing such uncertain times, Brandon and I wanted to give our world class performers an opportunity to reignite a sense of hope and the joy of life in the audience. We want to create a safe environment for our guests and cast members to reconnect with each other, their community and themselves.”

-Sandi Croft

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Brandon Pereyda

Co-Director

professional highlights:

  • Chippendales 2003-2008

  • Cirque du Soleil Chains Artist and Backup MC for 13 years

  • Guinness Book of World Records Holder

  • Event and Nightclub Director for KRAVE, SHARE, One Night For One Drop afterparty and many more.

  • Realtor with eXp Realty

WHAT IGNITES ME

performing for an audience, creating something that moves the soul, community collaboration, being around creative, enthusiastic, passionate, and loving people, finding solutions for problems that may arise

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is a need for people to reconnect again, to get out into nature, to celebrate this new era we are moving into. We believe this event will ignite more to come.”

-Brandon Pereyda

The Artists A-Z
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wyatt Hopkins

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • Le Rêve - The Dream (Generalist / Dark Prince)

  • Walt Disney World - Dream A long With Mickey, Hocus Pocus Villan Spectacular,  Beauty and the Beast (AEA Dancer) 

  • Universal Studios - Beetle Juice Graveyard Mashup (Dancer - Creation Cast), Harry Potter’s Tri-Wizard Cup (Durmstring Stunt Performer)

  • Sportacus  - Tv Show - Lazytown 

  • born and raised on an Elk Ranch in Mayfield, Utah (population 1,000)

WHAT IGNITES ME

my beard, epic dance and acrobatic moves, love, family, food

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Evgeny Kurkin

Pole

professional highlights:

  • 16 years of training in artistic gymnastics, competing at national and international levels

  • artist in Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna

  • artist in Cirque Du Soleil's Saltimbanco

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

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Adam Laughton

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • La Perle, Dubai

  • Le Rêve - The Dream, Las Vegas

  • House party, Rome

  • Batman Live World Tour

  • 2012 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies

WHAT IGNITES ME

adrenaline boosting scary tricks, making audience members gasp in awe, making cool and creative acts, being on stage with close friends, converting hard work to cash

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Adam Michael Denny

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • sports acrobat men’s group world champion 2006

  • performer in Le Rêve - The Dream

  • 1st British basket to do Top trick in Le Rêve , Solo character

WHAT IGNITES ME

performing, achieving goals, my dog Pia, working out, money 

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Grace Good

Hula Hoop and Fire

professional highlights:

  • touring US Military Bases in Japan with Cirque Dreams Stars & Stripes and Armed Forces Entertainment

  • performing on National Television on TBS Network the Go-Big Show in front of Snoop Dogg!

  • breaking the world record of "Most Hula Hoops Spun while Balancing on a 4ft Walking Globe"

  • producing & performing the dinner shows at Plaza Mariachi Music City, and being voted "Nashville's Best Dinner Entertainment 2019."

  • my Quarantine Backyard One Woman Shows going viral on TikTok and - Making NBC National News

WHAT IGNITES ME

living every single day like a fresh adventure! playing with fire!

inspiring others to find their own Circus! spending time in nature,

my Family, my closest friends, and my boyfriend

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Marie-Lee Guilbert

Hand to Hand

professional highlights:

  • being part of 3 productions of Cirque du Soleil: Kooza - Paramour - Volta

  • being the owner and creator of Design KontroL, a sports wear brand inspired by circus artists

WHAT IGNITES ME

being on stage/sharing the stage with my buddy Philippe Bélanger, pushing the limits of my body in the gym, traveling: discovering new nature spots and watching sunsets, sharing a passion or a goal with others, a cold beer after a two show day ;)

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Zoeth Cardenales

Dancer

professional highlights:

  • The Beatles' LOVE by Cirque du Soleil since 2015

  • Peepshow at PH Hotel 2011-2013

  • America’s Best Dance Crew season 4 w/ ‘Afroborike’ (runner up)

  • several performances with different artist at The Latin Grammys 

  • Legends in Concert 2015

WHAT IGNITES ME

dance, good music, traveling, sewing, creative people

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Kyle Cragle

Contortionist

professional highlights:

  • Graduate of the National Circus School

  • first acrobat to work for Cirque du Soleil makeup department

  • runner up of Italian talent competition "Tu Si Que Vales" (2020)

  • performed solo for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Games (50,000 live audience members and millions via television)

  • performed my act for thousands across the globe, in 12 different countries.

WHAT IGNITES ME

learning, color, human connection, creation and curation, circus <3

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Tiffany DeAlba

Dancer

professional highlights:

  • 76ers NBA team '09-'10

  • being a Disney Princess 

  • 2 Cirque du Soleil shows, Zumanity & The Beatles' LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

  • performing as Odette in Alexander Ekman’s rendition of Swan Lake

  • being sculpted in Bronze by the incredible sculptor of our time Richard MacDonald, piece entitled Brazilian Feathers/ Carnival 

  • creating my first big work, Cocoon, on a Cirque Stage 

  • performing for the 25th annual TITAS unbound command performance amongst an idol , Clifton Brown of Alvin Ailey Dance theater

WHAT IGNITES ME

good music, people with passion, being a part of a creation process with as an artist and a choreographer, watching people train, and LOVE

 
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Phillipe Belanger

Hand to Hand

professional highlights:

  • thousands of street shows from the age of 14 yers old

  • graduating out of a professional circus school in Quebec City

  • touring with Cirque du Soleil for over 7 year with my duo unicycle act

  • being one of the founders of the clothing brand Design KontroL, the most popular activewear brand made for circus artists

WHAT IGNITES ME

a challenge, projects, creating a business, writing content, being on stage!

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Taylor Bradley

Dancer

professional highlights:

  • The Beatles' LOVE by Cirque Du Soleil

  • Le Rêve - The Dream

  • Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers

  • Creative Movement Artist with Celine Dion

  • Guest Dance Faculty at University of Nevada Las Vegas

WHAT IGNITES ME

The love and support from my fiancé, Mitchell, and my family, my passion for dance both as a performer and teacher, the fear of complacency and the potential for creativity, inspiring others to IGNITE their own potential, proving to myself that I can

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Alison Burke

Dancer

professional highlights:

  • The Beatles' LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

  • Cirque du Soleil Artist Coach

  • Latin Grammys

  • Garnier Commercial

  • studying master’s degree in business (MBA Marketing)

WHAT IGNITES ME

emotion, curiosity, humanity, 

movement as language, and most of all: MUSIC

 
 
 
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Barnaby Lewellyn

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • Le Rêve - The Dream, banquine porter

  • competitive acrobatic gymnast

WHAT IGNITES ME

working on my strength in the gym, perfecting skills I already have an understanding of, learning a new piece of apparatus or skill, meeting new talented people, working with some of the world's greatest performers

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Holland Lohse

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • Bronze medalist Cirque De Demain 2019

  • Acrobat for The Beatles' Love by Cirque du Soleil

  • Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE

  • National Trampoline Champion USA 2006

WHAT IGNITES ME

performing, creating, working out, flying, and eating donuts

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Kerren McKeeman

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • performing the solo trapeze act that I created, with a new character created for Varekai, by Cirque du Soleil

  • playing a tight-wire walker in Water for Elephants, feature film

  • playing the principal character Twin Sister at KÀ and creating aerial material for the Bird Flight that flies a large bird structure through the KÀ theatre and over the audience

  • creating a trapeze act on a human-powered winch system for the creation of Cirque Mechanics Boom Town

  • creating a new hand-to-hand act during the COVID-19 pandemic and performing it on National Television for Love Island

WHAT IGNITES ME

learning, helping people accomplish their goals and fostering untapped potential in people, telling a story through circus arts, nature, the moments during live performance when everyone breathes at the same time

 
 
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Anna Melnikova

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • world champion in acrosport 

  • 1st place in world Games acrosport 

  • solo pole dance act in MJ immortal world tour 

  • banquine act “0” show 

  • model for several sculptures of world famous sculptor Richard MacDonald

WHAT IGNITES ME

art, music, nature, good hearted people, travel

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Mariko Muranaka

Cellist

professional highlights:

  • Madonna "Madame X" World Tour

  • Cirque du Soleil (Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour / Zumanity)

  • TV, Radio, Film Recordings/Performance around the world

  • Billboard Award (Prince tribute by Madonna & Stevie Wonder ) / Latin Grammy (Karol G)

  • Release of my original albums

WHAT IGNITES ME

creative friends, dream, music, cafe, travel

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RJ Owens

Clown

professional highlights:

  • Master’s Degree in Theater

  • Professional Magician for 35 years

  • Cirque du Soleil Artist

  • Theatrical Producer and Director

  • Currently in development of a Cooking Show

WHAT IGNITES ME

performative passion, a firm grasp of the ridiculousness of life, awkward silence, touch, and complicated details

 
 
 
 
 
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Marina Pegado

Dancer

professional highlights:

  • Youngest company member at Ballet Hispanico of New York, NY

  • Steps on Broadway ensemble member

  • Joffrey Ballet of New York Scholarship

  • Honorable mention Spotlight award at Los Angeles Music Center

  • Lead role of the Dreamer in Wynn Resorts Le Rêve the Dream

WHAT IGNITES ME

sharing my gift of dancing and performing with the world while touching the hearts of my audience, being around creative souls, knowing there’s endless opportunities and more to come for us performers, learning a new skill, my son getting to witness his mom doing something she loves

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Brandon Pereyda

Master of Ceremonies

professional highlights:

  • Chippendales 2003-2008

  • Cirque du Soleil Chains Artist and Backup MC for 13 years

  • Guinness Book of World Records Holder

  • Event and Nightclub Director for KRAVE, SHARE, One Night For One Drop afterparty and many more.

  • Realtor with eXp Realty

WHAT IGNITES ME

performing for an audience, creating something that moves the soul, community collaboration, being around creative, enthusiastic, passionate, and loving people, finding solutions for problems that may arise

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Antonio Restivo

Fire Artist

professional highlights:

  • America's Got Talent Semi-Finalist

  • Guinness World Record Fire Breather

  • Merlin Award for Best Magic and Fire Show

  • been training  and working with performers for over 25 years

  • children's book author

WHAT IGNITES ME

fire, spirituality, helping people work and learn fire and fire safety, inspiring children

 
 
 
 
 
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Paulo Querino de Souza

DJ

professional highlights:

  • acrobat at Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil

  • acrobat at Michael Jackson ONE

  • featured act at Zumanity

  • resident DJ at Baobab at Town Square

  • DJ sets at Park on Fremont, Discopussy, 18Bin, Blue Martini, Artisan just to mention a few

WHAT IGNITES ME

music, art, movement, party🎉 , good energy and good vibes

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Sam Sturt

Banquine

professional highlights:

  • world champion 2006

  • Cirque du Soleil performer

  • performer in Le Rêve - The Dream

  • solo character

WHAT IGNITES ME

performing, learning, money, family time, nature

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Leah Sykes

Dancer

professional highlights:

  • joining Cirque du Soleil

  • choreographing for various music artists

  • becoming an artist coach and working with Management at Zumanity

  • leaving home at 18 to pursue the unknown world of the entertainment industry

  • working with the Pussycat dolls and various music artists

WHAT IGNITES ME

making my son and family proud of me, continuing to grow so that I can never be complacent in anything that I do

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Steve C. Weiss

Drummer

professional highlights:

  • Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil 

  • STOMP in New York City and on Tour

  • Recycled Percussion from "America's Got Talent"

  • group fitness and yoga instruction

WHAT IGNITES ME

hearing "Top of Show," facing an audience that's excited to be entertained, knowing I'm depended upon, knowing I have to show up, amazing food that stops you in your tracks, waking up well-rested and ready to make moves

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Corinne Zarzour 

Singer

professional highlights:

  • singer for Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity for 16yrs, with appearances on the Tonight show, America's got Talent, etc...

  • Esmeralda in the french musical Notre-Dame de Paris (the hunchback of Notre-Dame). Paris, European and Canadian tours

  • Lady Capulet in the french musical Romeo and Juliette

  • Release of my album "Café Noir"

  • many voice overs including the french voice of Catherine Zeta Jones in the movie Chicago

WHAT IGNITES ME

watching my daughter grow!! music! singing! cooking! traveling! gardening!

Dasha Sobelman

PR & Social Media Director

professional highlights:

  • Moscow Circus School

  • “Lucy” in the Beatles' LOVE by Cirque du Soleil

  • One Night for One Drop by Cirque du Soleil - PR and Social Media Coordinator

  • A Choreography Showcase -PR and Social Media Coordinator

  • Mom of an Alaskan Malamute

WHAT IGNITES ME

my husband, creative people, space, the ocean, adventure

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Adrian Young

Volunteer Coordinator

 

professional highlights:​​

  • general manager and artistic director for Criss Angel

  • numerous Broadway tours across USA and Japan

  • the amazing experience of LIGHT Nightclub

  • the dream to settle in Japan with Zed beginning in 2011, that ended with the unfortunate 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the closure of that beautiful show

  • beginning my professional career at Sundance Theatre in high school

WHAT IGNITES ME

live performing arts, creating and inspiring others to fulfill their desires and dreams, seeing something go from nothing to a completed project, witnessing others enjoying what surrounds them, igniting someone else's spirit

Kristina Underwood

Food+Beverage & Atmosphere Coordinator

 

professional highlights:​​

  • performer and Captain at Le Rêve- The Dream

  • Assistant Artistic Swimming Coach for One Night for One Drop 2019

  • 2000 US Olympic team and 2015 World Championship Silver medalist for Artistic Swimming

  • diploma in Hospitality Operations and Events from TISOH

  • BA in Art from UNLV 

WHAT IGNITES ME

my family and friends, traveling, entertaining and performing, anything creative, cooking

Ian Seidenberg

Technical Director

 

professional highlights:

  • Top 500 event professionals in US by Biz Bash

  •  My Vegas Magazine Top 100 Men of Success

  • achieved the coveted CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) certification

  • produced event for President Obama

  • Co-Producer for Star Studded VIP One Night for One Drop - Imagined by Cirque du Soleil

WHAT IGNITES ME

my kids, traveling, producing events, the beach, Mexican food

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Robin Renken

Stage Manager

 

professional highlights:

  • National Tours: Anything Goes, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, City of Angels, Oliver, 42nd Street

  • The International tour of Smokey Joe’s Café

  • Starlight Express at the Las Vegas Hilton

  • Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity

WHAT IGNITES ME

wine (and cool facts about wine), a good book, small businesses that care about people and the planet, art from the heart, be it poetry, music, theatre, design, food..., geeking out over Marvel stuff with good friends

Billy Pierro

Volunteer Coordinator

professional highlights:

  • receiving my Bachelors Degree

  • opening large hotels and shows such as LOVE, Viva Elvis (Former Cirque Show at Aria) and Iris (Former Cirque Show in LA)

  • opening Wayne Newton’s ranch for public tours

  • creating a YouTube channel about the Las Vegas Entertainment Industry

  • handling sales for Spiegelworld shows such as Absinthe, Opium and Atomic Saloon Show

WHAT IGNITES ME

spending time with my kids and husband, being active and healthy, traveling, doing improvements to our home, spending time BBQing at the Pool

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Marissa Mendoza

Stage Manager

 

professional highlights:

  • General Stage Manager for Amaluna and traveling to over 15 countries in 3 years

  • Stage Manager - Under the Same Sky creation

  • Stage Manager - Criss Angel Believe and transition into Mindfreak

  • Stage Manager - LIGHT Nightclub 

  • Volunteering for ONOD, Circus Couture, and AFAN Solo Strips among other charities and nonprofits

WHAT IGNITES ME

traveling and experiencing other cultures, creating a safe space for others to thrive, passion for live arts, loving hard and laughing until I cry. 

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Carolanne Morgan

Stage Manager

professional highlights:

  • General Stage Manager for Under the Same Sky, Cirque du Soleil’s 2020 Big Top Creation

  • Stage Manager & General Stage Manager for VOLTA in North America

  • Stage Manager for OVO's Big Top & Arena Tours in North America, Taiwan Japan & Australia

  • Stage Manager for The Dai Show in Xishuangbanna, China

  • Producing Virtual Events & wrangling Zoom to connect with audiences while our stages are dark

WHAT IGNITES ME

change & growth, exploring new places & cultures, celebrating the human experience & collaborating with creatives

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Joanna Harmon

Production Assistant​​

Website Designer

professional highlights:​​

  • director/producer of over 2 dozen original shows

  • assistant to Sandi and Victoria during Cirque du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop, 2019 (and getting to do a swim test in the ‘O’ pool because of it!)

  • spokesperson in numerous Best Buy commercials

  • member of The Interactive Deep Dive, an international cohort dedicated to the craft of interactive storytelling

WHAT IGNITES ME

my teammates, ideas that manifest into existence and that are experienced by others, creating genre-expanding work, seeing “lightbulbs” of inspiration go off in those around me, and rock climbing

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Pien Koopman

Sponsorship & Marketing Director

professional highlights:

  • introducing Cirque du Soleil to 6 European countries in 4 different languages

  • moving to Vegas and landing a job with Mystère (when it was the only Cirque du Soleil show in Vegas)

  • opening Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil

  • starting One Night for One Drop imagined by Cirque du Soleil to benefit One Drop in 2013

  • 7 successful editions of One Night for One Drop in Las Vegas

WHAT IGNITES ME

my kids, good food and fresh flowers, raising money for non-profits, working with creative and passionate people, live entertainment in front of a live audience!

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Michelle Diterlizzi

Production Assistant

professional highlights:

  • stage manager at KA by Cirque du Soleil

  • performer and dance captain at Criss Angel‘s Mindfreak

  • headliner in “Vegas The Show”

  • featured performer in Jerry Mitchell’s “Peepshow” 

  • Jewel’s personal stage manager during One Night For One Drop while still performing nightly

WHAT IGNITES ME

family, friends, energy, passion, laughter, and passing the performance torch on to others which has put me in a place to advise, help, guide and watch talented artists fall into sensational careers

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Victoria Arranz

Production Manager

PSM

 

professional highlights:

  • General Stage Manager Zumanity

  • Assistant Director Creation ONOD 2019

  • PSM ONOD 2018 & 2017

  • Stage Manager Zarkana, The Beatles' LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, Viva ELVIS

  • General Stage Manager Alegria

  • Stage Manager Alegria, Quidam, Delirium

WHAT IGNITES ME

love, family, music, a good book, yoga, a nice glass of wine with friends

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Jason Bauer

Sound Director

 

professional highlights:

  • Audio Production and Engineer for The Beatles' LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, ONOD 2018 & 2017, Zarkana, Mindfreak LIVE, Viva ELVIS, BeLIEve, Zumanity, Alegria, Trinity Irish Dancers, American Family Theatre.

  • Technical Director Wayside Theater

  • freelance works including Hubbard Street Dance, Joffrey Ballet and Spoletto Festival USA

WHAT IGNITES ME

homemade bread, laughter, harmony, growth and love

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Dean Curiosmith

Stage Manager

 

professional highlights:

  • Stage Manager on Zumanity, OVO, Kooza, and R.U.N

  • Assistant Stage Manager on Zumanity and Mystere

  • Lead Stage Manager on One Night for One Drop (ONOD) 2019

  • PA / Assistant Stage Manager on ONOD 2014, ONOD 2016, and ONOD 2018

  • Temp. Stage Manager on Drawn to Life for a hot minute in 2020

WHAT IGNITES ME

video games, solid comic book discussion, clever and uncommon jokes, rolling dice with like minded friends in fantasy worlds, and making complicated cocktails 

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The Production Team

Steve McCauley

Performance Medicine​​

 

professional highlights:

  • President, Athletic HealthCare Incorporated

  • Head of Health Services at Wynn Las Vegas

  • Athletic Trainer for Cirque du Soleil's Mystère

  • Instructor, UNLV Athletic Training Program

  • Head Athletic Trainer / Department Manager of outpatient therapy Services at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

WHAT IGNITES ME

providing health care to athletes and performers from amateur to professional and watching them performer at their absolute best, building lifelong relationships that last far beyond performing carriers. Walking along side each person while on their road to recovery and watching that recovery turn into performance. 

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