My goal is to provide excellent healthcare to my patients and their families. I will provide safe and efficient care by applying evidence-based medicine. I will maintain accountability to my patients, myself and the healthcare system, and will work in collaboration with my colleagues across the spectrum of care. I will strive to make each encounter meaningful and personalized, and look forward to establishing partnerships with my patients.
I am proud to be a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Other than when my mother attended medical school in North Dakota, I grew up in South Dakota. I feel blessed to have had a wonderful team of parents who prioritized putting differences aside and thereby created and maintained not only a functional, but a legitimately loving relationship. I feel growing up in this environment was integral in shaping me in to the person I am today.
My father and step-mother (although we don’t say “step”) live in Pierre, SD, and my mother and her husband live in Mobridge, SD. I have three sisters. Tabitha is both my “newest” and “oldest” sister, having joined our family when my mother married her father in 2011; she is a senior in college and will graduate with a music performance degree in 2017. Alexandra is a junior in college pursuing a Medical Biology major and a Chemistry minor who hopes to be starting Med school in 2018. Calico is a sophomore in high school and is an outstanding student, athlete, musician, and photographer. She plans to major in music therapy and then pursue a career in law with an emphasis on Indian Agriculture and Food Sovereignty.
Growing up along the Missouri River in South Dakota, I love to do anything on the water. Walleye fishing with my dad has to be one of my all-time favorite things, but I enjoy skiing and hiking as well. I relocated to Colorado for the opportunity to have access to an abundance of outdoor activities year-round. I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing fantasy football and, of course, watching our Denver Broncos play football! I try to spend as much time as I can with my family and my friends as I can, and look forward to having them visit so that I can share everything I love Colorado with them.
Why did you get into the medical profession?
First and foremost, I enjoy working with people. I believe that there is no greater honor or obligation than being entrusted with maintaining or restoring a patient’s health. I know I will find it fulfilling to assist patients and their families in meeting their healthcare goals. I truly enjoyed my position as a Registered Nurse, but I chose to continue on to the Nurse Practitioner profession so that I could expand my patient care role with an increased level of autonomy.
Why did you choose to work for UCHealth?
For the last two years, I have had the privilege of working with UCHealth as a Registered Nurse and was impressed with the organization’s unparalleled dedication to their patients. Being a part of the UCHealth team and experiencing their commitment to me as an employee stimulated me to pursue this provider opportunity. I am eager to provide care in a setting where my employer’s goals are so well-aligned with my own.
Qualifications and experience
- Internal Medicine
Masters of Science
University of Cincinnati
University of South Dakota
- Clinical interest for patients
Prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, I obtained my nursing experience in the fields of inpatient psychiatry, outpatient gastroenterology, and, most recently and most extensively, critical care cardiology. These experiences allowed me to witness the profound effects that management and prevention of progression of chronic diseases has on quality of life, and ultimately stimulated me to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am excited to apply the knowledge and experience I have gained taking care of hospitalized patients, especially those with advanced cardiovascular diseases, to the promotion of wellness and the prevention chronic disease states and the resultant complications. That being said, I have an interest in and am confident that in time I will excel in all areas of care across the lifespan.
- Research interest for patients
As this will be my first experience in a provider role, I find it difficult to predict what my specific research interests might be in the ever-evolving field of medicine. I stay up to date on current evidence and find any new knowledge exciting. I find it gratifying to see how applying innovative treatments and therapies affects patient outcomes. While the majority of my nursing experience thus far has been in cardiology, I have a passion for psychiatry and would welcome the opportunity to play a role in making advancements in the field of mental health.