Why did you choose to become a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant?
I absolutely love being a nurse. When I was a little girl I use to wish upon stars to be the best nurse ever and to take care of my patients like they were gold. I knew in my heart I wanted to continue my education so I could not only listen to patients concerns but be able to work together in a holistic way. I want to help my patients understand that physical, mental health and wellness go hand in hand.
Why Mosaic Life Care
I have been part of the Mosaic family most of my life. I started as a candy striper (many years ago) then went on to become a social worker and then a nurse. I am honored and feel very privileged to continue my journey as a nurse practitioner with my work family.
My passion is being an advocate for children. I have the opportunity to sit on several boards in our community that involve the well-being of children. I also was selected by Governor Nixon to serve on the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board.
My husband and I also love to bike ride and after 30 years of marriage, we are taking dance lessons.
- Graceland University – Independence, Mo., Master of Science in Nursing, 2015
- University of Missouri – Columbia, Mo., Master of Science in Social Work, 1989
- University of Missouri – Columbia, Mo., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1991
- Missouri Western State College – St. Joseph, Mo., Bachelor of Science in Social Work, 1987
- Mosaic Life Care Nurse Excellence Award (2005 and 2013)
- Ingram’s Magazine – Hero in Health Care (2013)
- St. Joseph 20 People Who Count (2013)
- Northwest Missouri Child Advocate (2014)
- Child Abuse Prevention Award (2014)
Procedures and Diagnosis
- Wellness exams and health maintenance for infants, children and adolescents
- Wellness exams and health maintenance for adults
- Acute illness for all ages
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic disease processes
Education and Certifications
American Nurses Credentialing Center (Family Nurse Practitioner)