Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
I started working as a maternity nurse in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for several years before attending graduate school. While in graduate school, I obtained two master degrees, certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner. I trained in an inner city hospital in New Jersey dealing with both low and high-risk patients. I also have experience as a midwife working in a private practice delivering in the hospital and home settings. Most of the births in this private practice were water births. Most recently, I have been practicing in Carlisle, PA as a midwife. I am also attending Vanderbilt University to obtain a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which I am scheduled to complete in December 2014. I always knew that I wanted to be in the medical field as I enjoy helping and making a difference in people's lives. However, it was after witnessing the birth of my brother while I was in high school that it became apparent to me that women's health was my calling. This started my journey in nursing and after several years as a nurse and positive interaction with several midwives, I knew that midwifery was a specialty to explore.
What I want my patients to know about me:
I have always been most comfortable in a small town, even when living in very large cities. I drove through Fulton and Franklin County and loved the small town feel and beautiful countryside. I had the opportunity to speak with women in the area and they are excited for more midwives to come to the area. I am looking forward to providing 24-hour midwifery coverage to the patients. I am excited to work with the community and medical staff to watch and expand the program.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I enjoy spending time with my family and love to travel. I love animals and enjoy all types of outdoor activities, such as kayaking, hiking and fishing. I recently got married this Spring and am excited to start my married life. My fiance is supportive of my new position and is excited to join the community.
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