Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
I have always enjoyed taking care of people and started as a candy striper at WellSpan York Hospital when I was a teenager. I went to York College to become a registered nurse (RN). I worked in WellSpan York Hospital on medical/surgical floors, oncology, and the ICU. I enjoyed nursing very much but wanted to be more independent, so I decided to return to school (Millersville University) to become a nurse practitioner (NP). I was working in radiation oncology in an outpatient setting when I returned to college.
What I want my patients to know about me:
After graduating from NP school, I started in internal medicine. I enjoy primary care very much. It is challenging as we have to be " a jack of all trades." But I love getting to know my patients and learn about their lives. I am not just treating an illness, but treating the whole person.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I love to read and garden. I just started to draw and am filling up my sketchbook. But my favorite past time is taking care of my animals, I have a dog, cat, horse, chickens, and ducks. My next venture is raising turkeys. My husband is constantly building new pens for my poultry! Taking care of animals is so relaxing to me.