I LOVE WORKING WITH WOMEN AND SHARE MY KNOWLEDGE TO HELP THEM BE FACILITATORS OF HEALTH IN THEIR FAMILIES.
For over 25 years I have been working with patients to help them improve their health and wellness. I started working at the University of Utah on the cardiology floor then moved to Boston where I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital on their internal medicine floor and later their Labor and Delivery, step down Newborn Intensive Care Unit and postpartum floors. I discovered how to listen to patient’s and family member’s needs to help facilitate their best recovery, ease their pains, and at times help with their loss during very stressful times in their lives. I was also able to work with sick newborns at Stanford and UCSF in California in their Newborn Intensive Care Units as well.
It was while working with these patients that I discovered how much I enjoyed working with women and how they were the facilitators of health in their families. Educating women was a powerful tool to improving health in families and communities.
While living in San Francisco I was able to attend UC San Francisco as a graduate student in one of the top ranked Nurse Practitioner schools in the country. I was able to study Women’s Health as well as Family Health and started my Nurse Practitioner Career in a very busy OB/Gyn practice. I later worked with students at BYU as an associate professor teaching the Labor & Delivery course and clinicals. It was very rewarding to work with students and help them learn how to educate their patients throughout their hospitalizations as well as develop critical thinking skills.
I have spent the last 19 years working in Family and Women’s Health Practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and am so grateful for all of the life lessons that my patients have taught me. Nursing is such a rewarding field because it causes interactions between people from every race, class and socioeconomic back ground and my life has been enriched because of this. I have also discovered that a nursing touch can break down many walls and barriers.
I am thrilled to be able to join Aviva Woman and work with women who are searching for optimum healthcare practices and lifestyle. I have worked in enough places and with enough people to know that attitude can get people farther than ability. When people choose to make healthy choices not only do they improve but those around them are influenced for the better. I have so much information I can’t wait to share with my Aviva Clients in the hopes of improving their health and life as well as impact their families in positive ways.
If you cannot find me in the clinic, assume I’m in the mountains skiing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, or running rivers with my husband and 5 children. I am grateful to be back in beautiful Utah near the mountains and family.