I grew up in Alabama and have lived in several places as an adult, including Utah, San Francisco, Toronto, Philadelphia, and the Minneapolis area. I have now lived in the Twin Cities for 13 years and our family loves the upper Midwest!
I have been married 26 years and have five children ages 11-22 (3 boys and 2 girls) including a set of boy/girl twins who are the youngest. My kids (3 still at home) are involved in band, art, karate, track/cross country, and dance.
BSN from University of Pennsylvania, DNP/FNP at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
I completed all of my clinical training at the Mayo Clinic, at the Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Areas of Interest or Specialty
Health promotion across the lifespan, public health, DOT exams, family practice and rural health.
AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners, board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner)
IFNA (International Family Nursing Association)
MNRS (Midwest Nursing Research Society)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing
CPHQ (Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality)
NAHQ (National Association for Healthcare Quality)
PHN (Public Health Nurse, Minnesota)
Travel, cooking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding
I am an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Minnesota State University - Mankato. Also I received the Sonja Meiers Outstanding Graduate Student Performance Award, April 2022, from the Mu Lambda chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. I am an author on two publications that will be coming out in August 2022 regarding ethics in health care technology (one in Interactive Journal of Medical Research and one in Creative Nursing).
Why did you choose BMC?
I am interested in rural health, and everyone at BMC was so friendly and welcoming when I interviewed.
Any words of advice to patients/future patients; a note from you; or motivational quote?
When it comes to improving health, I think it is important to make small do-able changes over time. Taking an approach where you try to do a little better is usually more successful than making huge changes that are hard to stick to long term. A series of small changes over time can bring big improvement.