Born in the Philippines to a Spanish mother and American father, Carmen is bilingual in Spanish and English. She was raised in the Midwest and the Southwest of the U.S., attended St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico and met her husband (a West Texas boy) there. Carmen earned her B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and had a varied business career in Odessa and in Austin until she decided to turn her lifelong interest in massage into a profession in 2003. She is an inveterate reader and music aficionado, loves swimming and walking with her family and has two dogs, two cats and a daughter.