After graduating from Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, Alison (formally Alison Hanks) went to the mountains of North Central Washington to start her private practice. After a brief stint back in Seattle, she's back in Mazama helping clients recover from injuries, enhance athletic performance, and lead more pain-free, active lives. She is enamored with anatomy and exercise science and delves into the subject, always looking for new approaches, modalities, and research to share.

In addition to her Washington State Massage License, Alison is a professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, RRCA certified running coach, and a NSCA certified personal trainer.

When not seeing clients, she spends her time taking continuing education classes and running her coaching business, Cascade Endurance.

Alison has been an competitive ultrarunner for the past thirteen years, and coach for ten years. Her holistic approach to coaching combines her keen eye for how the body moves, her knowledge and enthusiasm of anatomy and physiology, and her vast running experience. She can be seen trail running for hours on end with her husband and Husky in the nearby Cascades.