I can honestly say that medicine chose me instead of me choosing medicine as my career path! My plan was to become a teacher and while going to college, I started working in a nursing home as an aide. Within the year, I had changed majors and had been accepted into nursing school. Thirty years later, here I am, completing my Doctorate and beginning a new journey as a nurse practitioner.
The most rewarding aspect in what we do encompasses all aspects of the patient’s health and wellness. I see the provider role as more of a “partner,” and allow the patient to be the “Captain” of the ship — we give them the information and the tools; they determine the treatment path they want to follow. Every patient is an individual and every treatment plan for every patient is going to have different outcomes. My goals are to assist and guide each patient into the best plan of care for them, regardless of what we need to do to make that happen.
Returning home to my rural community after working in an urban area for over 25 years is a blessing and an honor. I feel privileged to be able to serve my community — not only as a volunteer for our Monroe County 4-H and Extension programs and Senior Center, but now even more as a provider. I am grateful for the opportunity to “come home!”