Courtney grew up on a quaint small farm outside of a little town called Big Neck, Il, an interesting name for an interesting place where interesting events changed her life forever. 

As a child, Courtney was extremely talented and could have grown up to be anything she wanted to be. However, as she entered into college with so many paths to choose from, she struggled to find herself. The solution she decided was to enlist in the U.S Air Force. She dedicated 5 long, strenuous, yet fulfilling years to the U.S. Air Force as a combat photographer. She bravely fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Gaining experiences along the way that would forever impact her life. On her last deployment, the war greatly impacted her.  Upon return, she was unrecognizable to her friends and family. Contrary to her usual lively self, she was listless and emotionally defeated.

Desperate to have their daughter back, Courtney’s family adopted Max, a 2 year old Shih Tzu to provide companionship during her recovery. The two became inseparable and over time Courtney found herself coming back to life. Shortly after that deployment Courtney was released from active duty to attend art school at the University of Arizona where she has found art not only an escape but a powerful healing tool in the arts. As a combat veteran recovering from PTSD, Courtney looks forward to giving back by helping other veterans recovering from the emotional impact of war. 

Naturally, with her love of art and dogs, Courtney fits perfectly into the Trip Less Trainer Family. She’s responsible for ensuring all print and web materials associated with the Trip Less Trainer are true to the nature of our brand. She’s always coming up with great ideas so be sure to follow Trip Less Trainer on your favorite social media platform to see what she comes up with next!