I am passionate about what I do and the reason is simple -- I care about others.
I am not willing to continue medications that will harm the brain or body in any way. Brain health is something we all need to be aware of at a young age. I also believe that therapies, especially cognitive therapies, are often the most rewarding treatments for those with past traumas and non-genetic disorders. It is my belief that anyone seeing psychiatry will benefit from therapy at some point in their treatment. I know that life circumstances have led me to where I am. I became a nurse at a young age and over time wanted and needed to be challenged more. As far as my interest in psychiatry, I saw many with needs not being addressed which enticed me to help more.
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Areas Of Interest
Autism: Because I have a 13-year-old son on the autism spectrum, I have become very educated regarding all intellectual disabilities and learn a great deal from raising him. I am very passionate about addressing the struggles both the person with autism and their family deal with on a daily basis.
Emotional Intensity Disorders: Emotional Intensity Disorders are also of great interest, and I have been involved in a cognitive behavioral therapy program called STEPPS. STEPPS was developed to help those with EIC, and I have seen how much the program has done for those with the diagnosis and others. I have always said everyone on the planet could benefit from STEPPS. Since I have mental illness in my family, I have learned both the family's and the provider's perspective on schizophrenia, autism and the bipolar disorders.
Education & Training
- University of Detroit Mercy, Physician Assistant
Awards & Certifications
Honors, Awards, etc.
- Recipient of the Customer Satisfaction Award from the Chillicothe VAMC in 2009.
- Chosen by staff to Chair the Acute Psychiatric committee for change and improvement at VAMC.
- 2002 instructor chosen William Beaumont Community Service Award Recipient.
- Research Poster submitted to MAPA Conference 2002, first place.
- Recipient of the 2002 University of Detroit Mercy Alumni Scholarship.
- Chosen for the Pediatric rotation at a Yale University site in Norwalk, Connecticut.
- A recipient of the 2001 Physician Assistant Foundation Scholarship.
- 1997 Margaret Starkey Scholarship, Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation
I am now or have been in the past a member of AAPA, OAPA, SAAAPA, the Society of Physician Assistants in Pediatrics, American Academy of Clinical Psychiatry, NAMI, NCCPA, a Mission to Philippines with PAMM, CMDA and FCPA.