Q: What led you to work in family care?
Answer: Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked as a registered nurse for eight years, and found that I have multiple interests, including women’s health, mental health, and emergency/trauma medicine. I didn’t want to specialize in one field, and miss out on my other interests, so I chose family care, where I will get to see a variety of specialties. Family medicine will allow me to be “the jack of all trades” and keep my skill set sharp.
Family care also interests me because I can care for patients of both genders, across the lifespan, and really get to know my patients on a deeper level, as well as their parents, children, spouse, etc.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I was born and raised in Waynesboro. I went away to school, and lived out of state for a year, before returning home. This is where my family and friends live, so I plan on remaining here.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about being a nurse practitioner?
Answer: Patients tend to lump nurse practitioners under the same nursing umbrella as registered nurses, and they fail to realize that nurse practitioners can prescribe medications, practice independently, and formulate diagnoses. Nurse practitioners provide many of the same services, and see many of the same patients, as a doctor.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I am most looking forward to giving back to the community who helped raise me, and caring for patients in my hometown. I am very excited about all the new services that are offered in Waynesboro, so patients do not have to travel out of town to receive high quality health care.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: When I’m not working, my greatest joy, and top priority in life, is being a mother to my son, Lennon. We enjoy working out, spending as much time outdoors as possible, chasing live music, traveling, being crafty, and road trips to the ocean.