When seeking good medical care for myself or my family, I want two essential components of that care: compassion and competence. As a provider, my goal is to deliver those same things to every patient. Among many aspects required to accomplish this are: my speaking in familiar terms to make a medical problem and treatment understandable, my using my knowledge and skill to thoroughly evaluate a problem and together with the patient, formulate a plan of action. I am only one part of an entire UC Health team. Within that team, I strive to not only provide state-of-the-art medical treatment, but to also make the patient comfortable and confident that the best care is being provided.
I grew up in Hershey, PA (Chocolatetown, USA) and spent many years in Chapel Hill, NC prior to moving to Colorado in 2010. I am married to my husband, Hermen, who hails from the Netherlands (and is therefore a World Cup Soccer freak!). We have one four-legged kid, a rescue lab named Mo.
Why did you choose to work for UCHealth?
UC Health has a world-class team which works together to provide the best in Cardiovascular care. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that?
Why did you get into the profession?
Following a ten-year career as a primary care physician at Duke University, I decided to “go back to school” to become an interventional cardiologist. Some called it a mid-life crisis–I called it pursuing a passion, an interest sparked by my own family’s health history which has been riddled with cardiovascular problems–high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart valve problems. I have never looked back and have found the career to be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
I enjoy just about anything that gets me outdoors, elevates my heart rate and makes me sweat–running, biking, hiking. I like to cook, enjoy a good book and discover new travel destinations. If I am being totally honest, I also love a good poker game.
Qualifications and experience
- Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Heart and Circulation - Circulatory Disorders, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology
- Languages spoken
University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2011)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program (2010)
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (1994)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Program (1997)
Pennsylvania State University (PA) (1989)