When I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic on a medical mission trip where they performed surgeries on birth deformities, burn victims, and several orthopedic conditions. Being allowed to watch the surgeries, help in the operating room and the recovery room, and seeing the difference made by doctors and nurses made it clear to me that I wanted to be in the medical profession.
I obtained my BSN from the St. Luke’s College of Nursing in 2007. I then accepted a position as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I spent 6 years as a PICU nurse before graduating from Rush University in 2013 with a MSN as an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I worked as a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner with the surgery team at Children’s Mercy before deciding to leave the hospital setting. I’ve spent the past 3 years at Johnson County Pediatrics working in the walk-in clinic.
I’ve been married to my husband, Andrew, for 11 years. We have a 9 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. I love spending time with my family, reading, crafting, and traveling.