Q: What lead you to become a nurse practitioner?
Answer: I was a critical care nurse for more than 20 years at Chambersburg Hospital, but I saw critical care as being on one extreme of the health care continuum dealing with the severe consequences of disease and illness. I wanted to be more on the front end of this and deal with chronic health conditions in the preventative/management stages.
Critical care is very labor intensive with long hours and it is physically, mentally and emotionally draining. I knew I could not retire from that position.
I have always wanted to pursue my Master's degree in Nursing and NP seemed like a perfect fit for my goals as a nurse.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I was born and raised in Franklin County actually. When I went to nursing school, I assumed Iâ€™d leave after college, but I ended up returning to this area. It's where my family and friends are at.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about family practice or something people donâ€™t realize as often?
Answer: People sometimes have a tendency to rank family care below specialty care, but itâ€™s really a specialty in and of itself. We are treating the whole person and are pulling all these specialties together.
Family care is really the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining health.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working with Summit Primary Care?
Answer: I enjoy customizing care plans for patients so Iâ€™m looking forward to doing more of that. I also look forward to working with our patients and integrating their family as well instead of treating them just as an individual.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading books, and taking part in my local church activities.