Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
As a chid I was always a problem solver and enjoyed making a difference in the lives of those around me. I chose the nursing profession as a career not only for the challenge but for the opportunity and privilege to make difference in the lives of patients and families on a daily basis. I became a nurse practitioner to take that challenge to the next level and to help shape the future of patient-centered care at WellSpan.
What I want my patients to know about me:
Nursing is actually my second career after earning a B.A. in History and Master's of Education. After my children started grade school, I knew I had found my life purpose in nursing school. Moving on to become a nurse practitioner, I haven't looked back. My only wish is that I had followed this path much earlier. For me there is no greater privilege or reward than meeting the needs of a patient with an acute or chronic medical condition. Medicine and nursing is as much an art as a science where I can combine my love of problem-solving with compassion for helping others.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I love to spend time with my children when they come back to Gettysburg from D.C. and Chicago. My husband and I have been involved in many volunteer activities, and we continue to give back to our community. After many years of competitive running, including 19 marathons, I now enjoy cycling and hiking. I also love to spend time with my two rescue dogs and occasionally foster other dogs for a local rescue group. I have a special interest in shy/fearful dogs, as my older rescue has anxiety issues. This has given me special insight and understanding of patients with these problems as well.