Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed making people feel better. Raised by a nurse, this seemed to come naturally to me. I have always felt responsible to help care for siblings and other family during times of illness. I am also notorious for nagging my loved ones to stay on top of their chronic health issues. Had I not pursued an education in nursing, I would have become a teacher, as I am also passionate about education. First as a registered nurse and now as a nurse practitioner, I am privileged to be able to impact our community through hands-on-care and distribution of knowledge.
What I want my patients to know about me:
Time is valuable. I strive to give each individual the amount of time that is needed for his or her visit. I do my best to stay on time when seeing patients. Also, I firmly believe in the Golden Rule. Most patients come to see us during times of illness or concern. It is especially during these vulnerable times that kindness matters. Lastly, I recognize the importance of following evidence-based practice guidelines to ensure the best care to our patients and enjoy attending continuing education courses to keep up to date on changes in the ever-advancing field of medicine.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
As a new mom, I don’t have much spare time. When the chaos does settle, I enjoy devoting time to my family and my dog. We enjoy traveling to the Caribbean and camping with our relatives and friends in western Pennsylvania. I consider myself to be a pretty active person and enjoy running, walking the dog, playing volleyball, and swimming. I am a rather enthusiastic football fan. On most Saturdays, I wear blue and white and cheer loudly for the Penn State Nittany Lions. On Sundays, I root for the Pittsburgh Steelers (also loudly).