What is your care philosophy?
My philosophy is founded on three components of health care delivery:
1. Evidence-based practice
2. Meeting my patients wherever they are in their life
3. Patient education
Healthcare changes drastically, and often. It is important to be up to date on recommendations and guidelines by professional organizations. That being said, it makes it difficult to be a patient and understand why. I appreciate educating and explaining “why” to my patients, while incorporating their needs and lifestyles into the treatment plan.
What inspired you to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology?
My entire career as a Registered Nurse was spent at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. I started on an Intermediate Care unit, learning the foundations of nursing and taking care of patients with multiple co-morbidities and chronic conditions.
I soon felt the pull to gravitate to Women’s Health and lovingly spent the next five and a half years on Labor & Delivery. As a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner I was trained to take care of all patients. However, I truly and completely enjoy being a support system for women during their pregnancy and beyond. Women must transition through so many stages from adolescence through late-adulthood, and I find their endurance and flexibility inspiring. It is my honor to be trusted as one of their providers, confidants, and caregivers through the course of their life.
Are you from the DC area?
Born and raised in Montgomery County, MD! I ventured away from the Mid-Atlantic to attend Northeastern University in Boston, MA. I absolutely fell in love with New England, but came back to my roots to live and raise my family. I currently live in Montgomery County with my husband, 3 sons and 2 dogs! It’s a full, and fun, house!
What is your best advice for new parents?
Go with the flow. You and your child will experience ever-changing ages and stages that are always keeping your routine evolving. It is easy, and common, to feel overwhelmed while juggling all of it. Having a baseline expectation of continual change eases the transitions a bit. In fact, it makes the journey more enjoyable, watching your child’s personality and interests unfold.
What is your best advice for staying healthy?
My siblings and I were raised by the principle: “everything in moderation”. I’ve ultimately stuck to that belief when it comes to anything impacting physical, mental and emotional health. Whether it’s diet, exercise, vacations, shopping therapy, or a day spent relaxing, avoiding excess and over-indulgence seems to be the key to balance and sustainability.
If I wasn’t a Nurse Practitioner, I’d be…?
There are many different professional avenues I have thought of myself traveling down. But when it comes down to it, I think I would own a coffee shop. First and foremost, I love coffee. But much like my job as a Nurse Practitioner, I love the relationships that local coffee shops build with the clientele and community. It’s a peaceful, yet invigorating environment that accepts everyone as they are. Often with good music in the background.
Interests: Women’s Health
Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northeastern University;
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from George Washington University.
Member – American Association of Nurse Practitioners