I have been in healthcare since 2001 when I got my first job as a patient care technician on a cardiac step-down unit, oncology, and behavioral health. I later went back to school to become a certified nurse assistant and worked on a telemetry unit. It wasn’t long before I went on to become a licensed practical nurse and started working in urgent care. I later became an associate degree registered nurse where I floated to a variety of outpatient clinics such as pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, and continued to work at urgent care. I learned how to be a telephone triage nurse during this time while continuing to go to school and earned my bachelor’s in nursing.
Over the years I have worked as a charge nurse in a behavioral health in patient unit at Stormont Vail. I was a clinic manager for an outpatient urology clinic. I have worked in behavioral health genetic research as a nurse and research coordinator. I have worked in every unit of the hospital as a float at one time or another and have been a house supervisor overnight in the past.
After that I graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Fort Hays State University and later went on to complete the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
I have been in the Air Force Reserves for 15 years as a medic and managed the life support programs where I taught classes in CPR and field based first aid as well as ensured program compliance of other medics in the wing. As a secondary duty I managed the drug testing program for the wing for 10 years to deter drug use in military members, contributing to maintaining the safety and integrity of each mission. In the past I worked as a manager of the infection control program for the wing.
I have enjoyed raising and showing rabbits through ARBA(American Rabbit Breeders Association), KSRBA (Kansas Rabbit Breeders Association), and 4-H (in the past) for over 20 years. My favorite breeds to work with are Satins and Harlequins.
I also enjoy amateur radio and have recently started volunteering with ARISS-USA (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station –United States of America) and am a new member of ASKC (Astronomical Society of Kansas City).
When I am not busy doing these things, I spend my free time kayaking on the lake, hiking, camping in the woods, or traveling.
I also work some weekends as a videographer and often assist with filming weddings and other major projects. There is nothing I love more than the goosebumps I get when a film project comes together just right, and we have collaborated to create a work of art that is unique and timeless. It is just as rewarding to see how that art moves others and captures touching moments.
I enjoy practicing at a patient centered medical home where the focus is on the patient, their family, and the management of their illness. I believe in an integrated health approach which focuses on the whole person. I believe that CareArc is in a unique position to offer that to the patients we serve.