Paula has been playing competitive indoor volleyball for over 15 years. From 2001-2004 she participated in Kathy Gregory’s College Prep and All-Skills Volleyball Camps at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and received the Most Outstanding Player award for 2 years in a row. Growing up in Manila, Philippines, she was also an active participant of the Philippine Women’s Junior National team from 2001-2004 before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii to play Division I volleyball at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005. Shortly after her move, Paula suffered an ACL tear that excluded her from future college athletics but allowed her to explore other opportunities in sports, including but not limited to beach volleyball, swimming, and tennis.
In 2009 and 2011 respectively, Paula earned her BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology, with focus on behavior modification and cognitive therapy, both of which are key elements in understanding the psychological aspects of applied sports and exercises. To this day, she has found her education and training to be particularly beneficial in her continued participation in competitive and recreational volleyball following her injury.
Paula is relatively new to Washington since moving away from Hawaii in August 2015, but currently resides in Northgate and is a licensed counseling psychologist practicing out of West Seattle. Both through her own experiences in volleyball and with her background in psychology, she understands the incredibly valuable impact that coaches and good role models can have on children and young adults. She is looking forward to being able to combine her formal education and experience in sports to help others be the best athlete they can be.