Ellen is a native of Philadelphia, but has lived in the North Carolina mountains since 1989. Ellen received her Physical Therapist Assistant Certification in July of 2012 after completing training at Southwestern Community College. She was drawn to the profession in an effort to find a career that would allow her to feel fulfilled through human service. A lifelong learner, Ellen also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University in Cultural Anthropology and an Associate of Arts degree in Fiber Art from Haywood Community College.
Ellen enjoys gardening, running, and shopping at thrift stores. She lives in Sylva with her husband where they spend their down time restoring a vintage Air Stream travel trailer and raising their cats and dogs.