I think care needs to be very individualized. Injuries and illness don’t happen in a vacuum and every patient will have different needs, different resources and different goals. It’s important to take all of that into account when developing a plan of care, whether it’s for an elective surgery or dealing with a traumatic injury. Neurosurgery is a specialty that isn’t “one size fits all” and many of the diagnoses that we deal with are life-altering so you really have to adapt care to each and every patient.
Why did you get into this profession?
When I started my nursing career, I did not envision neurosurgery as my destination. I started in critical care and it was a natural evolution from there. Many of the patients under my care in the early part of my career had neurologic injuries and as I started my NP program the physicians I worked with asked me to start seeing their hospitalized patients and it evolved from there. I enjoy helping patients and their families navigate what can be a stressful and complex road to recovery. I had a family member of a patient with a glioblastoma ask me how I could do it when so often the patients did not have good long term survival and I told him I did my best to make the last months of their lives as good as I could but more importantly helped the patient’s family adapt and find the coping resources they needed as time went on. It’s not just the patient’s that I care for, it’s their families too.
I am an avid reader and have thousands of books on my Kindle. I love to work in my yard and create a sanctuary in the flower garden where I can relax and unwind. I continue to work on my scrapbooks which are an ongoing and never-ending project.
I have been doing volunteer work with various animal rescue organizations over the years and was very active with PTO and band boosters when my daughter was still in school. I have supported various military organizations with frequent care packages over the years and am a regular donor to house of neighborly service.
I have lived in Loveland since May 2002 and my mother resides with me. My daughter Ashley has graduated college and is now working in Tulsa, OK. I have brothers in Indianapolis, IN and Lewisville, NC.
Qualifications and experience
- Brain and Nervous System - General Neurosurgery, Brain and Nervous System
- Languages spoken
Northern Illinois University (IL) (1987)
DePaul University (2001)
DePaul University (2001)