I’m a nurse practitioner in the Division of Human Genetics. I treat both adults and children with lysosomal storage diseases. Lysosomal storage diseases are a group of about 50 rare, inherited metabolic disorders that result from defects in lysosomal function and can affect many body systems. Because these diseases are rare and clinical management is not always available in all hospitals, we manage patients of all ages.
As a child, I struggled with a fear of health care providers so much that I decided to become a provider to reassure patients that we are here to help, not induce fear. The role I’m currently in allows me to care for both adults and children, so I have the best of both worlds.
I treat my patients like I treat my own family members. I spend time answering their questions and explaining a diagnosis or treatment option, so they can feel confident about their care plan.
Within our division we are fortunate enough to be involved in many studies related to lysosomal storage disorders. For example, we are studying Fabry disease treatment options, gene therapy and therapeutic options for MPS1 and MPSII.
I love to spend my free time with my family. I have three children who keep us very busy with their activities. When we’re not participating in sports, we love to travel. I have family located all over the world, and I was born and raised in Canada — so yes, I LOVE the snow!