BiographyWhy did you become a provider?
I figured out I wanted to become a nurse practitioner when I was an undergrad. As a CNA, I learned the value of caring for others in need and then, as I worked as a nurse, I took an interest in helping develop treatment plans for patients based on their assessment and diagnosis. I enjoy taking the time to establish relationships with my patients and be able to positively impact their overall quality of life one way or another.
As a provider, what is your medical philosophy?
I believe that health care involves a collaborative approach. I feel strongly that in order for a patient to be satisfied with their overall health, there needs to be shared-decision making and a trusting relationship.
What type of care/clinical interests are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about the geriatric population. I was very close to my grandmother, who struggled with dementia and reflect often on our relationship. As she aged, it was eye-opening to recognize how seriously this population needs us to advocate for them to receive the care they need.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose to specialize in family medicine because I like the variety it offers! I like that I will be able to care for newborns through 100+ years old and appreciate the challenge that comes along with that responsibility.
What qualities best describe the care you provide your patients?
I am a very compassionate person and enjoy investing my time in helping others. I am approachable and willing to listen to what my patients need to help them achieve their health goals. I want to help motivate my patients, take the time to answer their questions and provide the resources they need to feel confident they can succeed.
Being a health care provider, what motivates you each day?
Seeing my patients take in interest in their health helps motivate me each day. I really enjoy getting to know my patients on a more personal level to help support them with lifestyle choices and health care decision-making. Health education is important to me so I encourage my patients to ask questions and let me know what I can do to help build their knowledge base.
What is the most important thing patients should know about you and your practice?
I am originally from Waterloo and look forward to relocating back to the community!