I have always enjoyed opportunities to make a difference in the health and fitness of my community. Caring for others has driven me towards the healthcare field since I was a teenage volunteer growing up in a small town in Alaska, which is where my interest in medicine began.
I was born in the village of Malone, NY, a small town upstate about 11 miles from the Canadian border, but mostly grew up in California. My father, who was in the Air Force, had us moving to interesting places like the Azores, Portugal.
I was born and raised in Tucker, GA and moved to Colorado Springs, CO to attend the United States Air Force Academy in 2007. I was a collegiate gymnast for all four years while attending the Academy. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2011 and started my Air Force career as a Force Support Officer. I switched career paths in 2013 to head to Physician Assistant School at Fort Sam Houston, TX, where I received my Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies in 2016. I served a total of seven years of active duty service, with two and half of those years as a military PA.
I have been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 27 years. I received my Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine and my Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree from the USAF School of Health Care Sciences. I completed 23 years of active and reserve service in the US Air Force and enjoyed being a clinical instructor for both Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner students.
I grew up in Colorado Springs, and then headed up I-25 to Colorado State University for my undergraduate education. There, I received my Bachelor’s in Health and Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine concentration. Following my undergraduate education, I worked as a Cardiovascular Technician in Fort Collins for four years, and grew to love cardiology and medicine. I then headed further north and completed my Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana.
After completing a degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, I finished a Masters Degree from Eastern Illinois University that focused on both clinical nutrition in the acute care setting as well as public health and wellness.
After finishing a 9 month internship, I became the Chief Dietitian at a Hospital in Illinois. From there I worked in Pharmaceutical Sales and Account Management, and then in private practice before coming to Mountain View Medical Group.
I was born and raised in Denver, CO where my close-knit family still lives. I attended Colorado College here in Colorado Springs and fell in love with the city and the gorgeous Pikes Peak view! After earning my Bachelor degree in Biology, I left to attend PA school in Chicago, IL where I received my Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. I moved back to Colorado Springs to begin practicing medicine and have been here ever since; this is home and this is where I want to grow my roots.
I began my nursing career more than 30 years ago because I truly enjoy helping others. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Miami and later received a Master in Nursing from University of Washington as a Nurse Midwife. After retiring from the US Air Force, I made the decision to pursue my post-masters education as a Family Nurse Practitioner through University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. During my career, I have worked in women's health, pediatric, and family practice settings. I enjoy all aspects of family practice and care for patients in all age groups.