Where did you grow up?
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
I have a desire to help others in their time of need. I chose physical medicine and rehabilitation because I love working with children who have special health care needs and encouraging them to their highest potential. I take a holistic approach and look at all aspects of each patient to find ways to support their development.
How long have you practiced in the Washington, DC area and what do you like most about it?
My medical experience started while I was in college and worked as a secretary in the ER of a hospital in Northern Virginia. As a nursing student, I became a nursing aid and after graduation, I was a floor nurse and then a recovery room (PACU) nurse for a total of 9+ years. In the PACU, other nurses often asked me to care for the children with special needs. I have been a nurse practitioner since 2010. In every position I have worked, from assisting in the ER to caring for patients in their rooms, helping them as they come directly from surgery, and now working with children with disabilities, I have loved working with families and seeing patients advance in their recovery and skills.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
When I’m not at work, I love spending time with the loves of my life, my husband and 2 precious sons. I enjoy being outside, dancing, aerobics, listening to music, scrapbooking, and keeping up with my family and friends.
Do you volunteer? If so, where?
In between passing my NP boards and starting a new NP job, I joined the medical staff at Hole In the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT. It is a camp started by Paul Newman to provide children with serious medical conditions a chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp life has to offer. It is hard to describe what a blessing it was to be part of such a wonderful team of doctors, nurses, counselors, and volunteers – all focused on loving children who, due to serious illness or injury, often feel outcast and alone. I keep going back to volunteer.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
I think my proudest accomplishments are the accumulation of all the little statements that I hear when people say that we made a difference in their lives or helped make their lives a little easier. That we listened to their concerns and fears with open ears and hearts or that we gave them more of a voice to help advocate for their loved one.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
I would love to teach dance, yoga, or something to keep people, happy, and healthy.