I started working with children at a very young age, and every job I had as a young adult involved children. My interest in medicine also came at a young age. I loved learning about the human body and wrote a 20-page paper on the thyroid gland in high school.
As a nurse practitioner in the Division of Emergency Medicine, I listen first and foremost to the concerns of the parents. I don’t believe people need a medical degree to realize something is not right with their children. I have three children of my own, and just like anyone, I worry about my kids when they are ill. It’s that empathy that allows me to be a good listener, provide education and alleviate patient or family concerns.
I’ve been a pediatric nurse for more than 21 years and a pediatric nurse practitioner for five years. I spent 17 years working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and I’ve been in the emergency department setting for more than four years. I take an approach to care that builds a sense of trust with the child. That trust allows me to do a thorough physical examination without causing the child or parent anxiety and provides a positive experience for the family.
In 2018, I received the "I Care" award while working in the cardiac ICU. This award recognizes providers who go above and beyond their role as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) to provide outstanding care to patients and families.
I very much enjoy staying healthy and fit. I belong to OrangeTheory fitness and love it.