I love babies and have wanted to care for them my whole life. This feeling led me to choose nursing as a career path — first as a neonatal nurse and now as a neonatal nurse practitioner. I continue to care for the sickest and most vulnerable babies in our community.
As a nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I provide holistic, family- centered care to my patients. Our patients' parents are experiencing trauma when their child is in the hospital, and supporting their emotional health helps improve their child's health in the long term.
I listen to families because I understand that they know their child better than I ever will. I partner with family members to care for their children and advocate for their child as if they were my own. I look beyond the primary problem that has brought my patient to the NICU to see the whole picture. This approach helps me determine what I can do to support my patient from all angles in an effort to get them well.
I received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, which demanded more practical and didactic education to better prepare me to care for the neonatal population.
In my free time, I love to travel. I have been all over the world for pleasure and on volunteer medical missions with various organizations.