Ms. Doll was born in Rochester, NY, where she began studying Taekwondo with Master Sean Pearson at the Monroe YMCA. She has been a student of martial arts, including Taekwondo, Eskrima Kali, Karate, and Kyudo, since age 13. She also practices the art of wilderness survival as taught by Tom Brown, Jr., which she has learned about since age 11, first through Tom Brown Jr.’s books. She has attended several schools in that genre including Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School where she has attended three classes and volunteered for two. Through these interests she became especially interested in healing practices, having now studied herbal medicine, Ayurveda, Shiatsu, and Therapeutic Touch, as well as energy healing as taught by Master Pearson, and as taught by Tom Brown, Jr.
Ms. Doll currently resides outside of sunny Ithaca, NY, in a beautiful spot where the sun shines and stars can be seen in the dark night sky. She works for Green Star, stocking mostly organic produce for this cooperative market. She lives with two wonderful cats and her two awesome children who will be 6 and 8 years old this spring and who attend school in Ithaca. Ms. Doll often engages her children in nature-based activities, and has begun teaching her 7-year-old daughter Fenya Taekwondo. Fenya hopes to test soon for her Yellow Belt. Ms. Doll is working toward her 3rd Dan test which she hopes and plans to take in March 2011. She is glad and excited that circumstances are such that she is currently able to dedicate/ re-dedicate herself to the study of martial arts, which to her is a system of self-improvement, without which life would not be worth living.
She does also play a flute, for fun, occasionally at open mics and as an accompanist at shows. Further possible future plans include volunteering more at the Tracker School, finishing an Associate’s Degree through Empire State, starting to teach Taekwondo classes in Ithaca, attending school for Massage or Nursing, and volunteering with Primitive Pursuits, which teaches wilderness survival skills in Ithaca.