As an advanced practice registered nurse, I bring nearly 15 years of experience to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and personal experience as a NICU parent. I communicate with families as partners on their child’s care team.
I have had a lifelong interest in caring for children. I was inspired to become a NICU nurse practitioner by my personal experience with children I cared for as a nanny and as a social worker in the NICU. Work I did in community healthcare overseas in third-world countries heightened my interest in community health and my desire to increase healthcare parity.
My philosophy of care is relationship-based. I take time to listen to parent and family concerns and the concerns of the bedside provider. I see my patients as unique individuals within a family context, not just as objects of medical therapies.
I’m especially interested in end-of-life issues and creating a positive experience and memories for families. I offer support through the end-of-life process. I’m comfortable having difficult conversations with families and exploring their goals for their children. I spoke at a conference on breastmilk donation after infant bereavement and shared my son’s story.
I’ve been dancing since I was a toddler — in fact, my first degree is in psychology and dance performance / choreography. I enjoy being part of the Cincinnati dance community, traveling and spending time outdoors with my children and our pets.
BA: Hope College, Holland, MI, 1996.
BSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.
MSN: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.
Advance Practice Certification: Neonatology, 2009.