Q: What led you to work in family care?
Answer: Originally, I was working at Shady Grove Family Care as a medical sectary. I later worked as a registered nurse on the Med/Surg floor at Waynesboro Hospital and then later transitioned to the Emergency Room.
After completing school to become a nurse practitioner, I knew I wanted to work in a wound clinic and be autonomous. I served as the Waynesboro Hospital Wound Care Committee Chairperson for several years. I eventually started to see myself in more of the family care role though.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I grew up in Greencastle, so my family has kept me in the area. I spent a semester in Goshen, Indiana, when I was studying elementary education, but came home to change majors. At the time, I was commuting to school in Indiana with a girl who was in nursing. So when I came back home I decided to pursue that.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about being a nurse practitioner?
Answer: Patients often confuse mid-levels - physician assistants and nurse practitioners - with physicians. But the truth is we can provide almost all the same services.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I'm looking forward to working the brand new walk-in clinic in Waynesboro because of my emergency room background. I like the unknown, but I do like the helping patients with chronic disease management. The variety and balance is what I really enjoy. I'm looking forward to working with patients and developing that relationship.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy mostly outdoor activities, such as working in the yard in the summer and sledding in the winter. I also enjoy sewing and reading historical fiction.