I started my nursing career as a nurse in the United States Air Force. The first 10 years of my career I spent working in medical-surgical inpatient nursing and ultimately terminal care of cancer/HIV patients. I loved the human spirit and its ability to persevere even when faced with terminal illness — not necessarily the physical recovery, but the strength of the human spirit. I found I enjoyed more of the counseling piece of heath care. When the opportunity presented to become an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner, I was thrilled. Women are very much emotional beings, and clinical conditions are just a piece of of their total health care. I feel listening to a patient is 90 percent of my assessment. I treat the patient, not just the disease.
My husband and I both retired from the Air Force. We have three daughters that have all attended Colorado State University. We have enjoyed making Colorado our final home. We enjoy hiking and skiing this beautiful state.
The professionalism I have seen at UCHealth and the support for patients and employees, as well, has been very impressive. Quality of service is clearly evident.
Qualifications and experience
- Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women's Health
University of Akron, Ohio (1982)
University of Texas School of Health Care Science, San Antonio (1988)
US Air Force, Sheppard AFB, Texas (1993)
- Clinical interest for patients
Care for women throughout the life span, from adolescence to older adulthood and the challenging life transitions.