My desire as a nurse practitioner is to work with each patient to a build a trusting partnership to attain the optimum level of health as defined by the individual. I see each person as the “captain” of his or her health care; I am here to help guide and educate on how to get that person to their goals. I believe in collaborating with other providers in my clinic and within the organization to find reasonable, cost-effective measures to best care for my patients. I will treat conditions with medications when necessary, but also would like to work with my patients to find ways to prevent acute and chronic health care conditions by evaluating lifestyle choices.
My interest in health care started in high school when I took a few classes that focused on medical careers. After a car accident during my freshman year in college, I had many positive experiences with various providers within the health care field, and I decided to make nursing my major. I fell in love with the pediatric population and worked as a registered nurse in the pediatric intensive care, pediatric cardiac intensive care and pediatric cardiac catheterization labs for several years. As a nurse volunteer with Project C.U.R.E., I traveled to Nicaragua and Ghana and my experiences in these countries left me with a nagging desire to pursue a higher educational degree to better serve the people abroad, as well as at home. As a family nurse practitioner, I hope to positively impact the health of individuals regardless of their age, ethnicity, culture, religion, and so on.
Why UCHealth? I grew up in Colorado, and during high school I had a chance to visit the old University Hospital for a class on medical careers. I was immediately intrigued by the innovative, teaching-based philosophy of the organization. As an undergraduate nursing student I did a summer internship in the pre/post-operative unit at the old University Hospital, and many years later I returned to the organization as a family nurse practitioner student to do the majority of my clinical hours at a UCHealth facility. These experiences as a student impressed upon me what I would one day expect out of my employer as to what my patients deserved for care. UCHealth enables me to be connected to a network of the finest health care providers our state has to offer in order to collaborate with a team to provide the best care possible for my patients. UCHealth is able to provide my patients with the latest technology and research available to best prevent and treat medical conditions.
Hobbies: I enjoy cycling, hiking, reading, cooking, international travel, volunteering and medical mission work.
Family/Volunteer information: I am married and have two young children. I have experience volunteering with Project C.U.R.E. and 9 News Health Fair
Qualifications and experience
- Family Medicine
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO (2017)
- Clinical interest for patients
- Pediatric and adolescent health
- Weight management
- Asthma management
- Health education and prevention of diseases
- Women's health
- Research interest for patients
- Use of technology to monitor health conditions and inspiring a healthier lifestyle
- Type 2 diabetes prevention in at-risk children and adolescents
- Effective weight management protocols
- Contraception and prenatal education with female adolescents
- Attitudes of parents regarding HPV vaccination and how to increase the number of vaccinations administered
- Telehealth monitoring of health conditions (diabetes, asthma, depression, anxiety, etc.) and its effectiveness on reducing unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations
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