I have been working in mental health nursing since 2008, and as a DNP in child and family mental health since 2015. I obtained my bachelor of science degree in nursing from Southern IL University in Edwardsville in 2003, and began my journey as a registered nurse in various intensive care settings. After finding my niche in mental health I attended Arizona State University for my Doctor of Nursing Practice.
It is my passion to help guide my clients to finding and cultivating their best selves, so to fully experience the goodness and beauty in the world. I believe that medications are a tool, and not a comprehensive fix for problems. There is extensive information and evidence available that illustrates the importance and delicate connection between our gut and our brain. I believe our ‘gut-brain’ unit functions together as one entity, and the health of this connection greatly impacts our feelings of wellbeing and our mental health overall.
I am a nature and animal lover. My husband, two dogs and I relocated to the pacific northwest after traveling here on a few occasions from Phoenix Arizona. I fell in love with the endless beauty, and felt recharged every time we visited. In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks/hikes, gardening, cooking, birdwatching and spending time by the water with my family.