I am a pediatric nurse practitioner who works in both the Emergency Department and Urgent Care. I have been at Cincinnati Children’s for more than 17 years in emergency medicine. Working here is where I discovered my passion for taking care of kids in an urgent and acute care setting.
The acute care services I provide range from minor to severe illness and injuries. I work in conjunction with emergency service physicians for higher acuity patients. Most days, I suture minor lacerations, apply casts, perform pelvic exams, remove foreign bodies and reduce a nursemaid elbow. A nursemaid elbow occurs when one of the bones in a child’s elbow becomes partially dislocated after the arm is pulled. I examine, diagnose and treat with prescriptions, as needed.
I’m straight forward and honest with my patients about each situation. Honesty is best, so I don't like to bend the truth if a procedure will be painful or scary. I make connections with kids and their families and get down to the patient’s level to talk with them in a positive way. I tell them that I will do everything possible to make them feel better.
I received a Service Honor award for my mission work with Project Medishare in Haiti. I traveled with a group of providers to Port-au-Prince on four missions after the earthquake in 2010. We worked in a makeshift hospital called Bernard Mevs.
In my free time, I love to travel with my husband to the West Coast, where we have a small apartment in Long Beach, California. We have four daughters and I love spending time with them. My dog Milo and I love to go hiking and creeking.