I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and some of the hospitals that I’ve been proud to call “home” include Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA; Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA; UCLA, also in Los Angeles, CA; University Hospital in Augusta, GA; New York Hospital in New York, NY; and CHUV in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Healthcare is my calling. Nothing makes me happier than helping my clients take back control of their medical care with the right information, advice, and support.”
I have been a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit for more than 30 years where I developed a solid knowledge of and ability to work within the U.S. healthcare system. I have experience with both pediatric and adult patients in various medical areas such as cardiac care, neurology, surgery, and trauma.
From my 30 years experience as a nurse, I have many areas of strength including partnership building, strategic planning, conflict resolution; planning, coordination, and management of patients with complex diagnoses and multi-system failures. Most important as a Health Care Advisor, I am a strong patient and family advocate. I can work collaboratively with your medical team and function as a resource for team and family members both. I have the skills to work with the system to manage patient expectations and move toward achievable goals.
I learned the importance of my skills as an advocate when I took on this role when my mom battled cancer. During the seven years that she fought this disease, I became her health care advocate. Even though my mom was a pharmacist and was more than able to understand her disease and her treatment options, I was the one who discussed all the health issues with her and her doctor. I became a part of the “team” as do most family members.
My experience with my mother allowed me to see the importance of a health care advisor and I knew that this was my new passion. My mission is to provide education, resources, and tools to my clients so they can make educated, informed decisions about their healthcare.