Q: What led you to work in Heart Failure?
My love of taking care for patients. People living with heart failure need a lot of support. Most of them are older with a lot of health conditions. It takes a team of dedicated health care providers working alongside the patient to be successful. When you are successful in helping patients, better self-manage their disease and they start to enjoy a better quality of life it is so rewarding and worth all the effort that is put into it.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
My husband grew up in Blue Ridge Summit and went to school in Waynesboro PA. We met in 1993 at Walt Disney World in Orlando where we both worked. After 18 years living in Orlando it was time for a change so we moved back to Waynesboro to be closer to his family.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about Heart Failure?
That nothing can be done. Although there is no cure for Heart failure there are a variety of medications that have been identified to reduce the progression of disease in patients with a weak heart muscle. Lifestyle modifications, self-monitoring, and close follow up with healthcare providers can make a huge impact on how patients feel.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
The patients. They are so gracious and appreciative of what we do. I am looking forward to building relationships with them that will last a lifetime.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
I am a breeder of Shiloh Shepherds and a member of the International Shiloh Shepherd alliance. I sit on the board and am currently acting treasurer. My husband and I also love to travel. He is from Finland and his family still owns land there so we try to go once a year.