I am originally from Richmond, Virginia and completed my nursing undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. After working for several years in medical-oncology and high-risk pregnancy in the hospital setting, I served as a Captain in the Air Force where I was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the Air Force I worked on the labor and delivery unit and level II nursery. I then moved to Wenatchee, WA with my husband John, a Spokane native, where I again worked in the labor and delivery and newborn unit.
I grew up on woody acreage in Woodinville, Washington. There was a year round stream flowing through our property, artesian spring water, and five ponds filled with fish, eels, and frogs. My street was named Little Bear Creek Road -- get it? I spent my childhood roaming forests and gardens, jumping from trees via rope swings, building secret forts in the forest, picking wild huckleberries, and exiting a high tree fort via zip line. Had there been American Ninja Warrior at that time, I would have enrolled.
In 1998, I began working at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a Registered Nurse. I knew immediately that working with children was my passion. While attending the University of Washington, I chose to pursue the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Master's program, because the focus was entirely pediatrics. I did each of my 8 clinical rotations in primary care clinics around Seattle. In addition to primary care, I worked as a Registered Nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the areas of oncology, medical and surgical units, and the Emergency Department. I also did volunteer medical work with homeless youth in Seattle.
I began working as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2002 at the Children’s Clinic in Portland, Oregon. I worked there for 4 years and received excellent mentor-ship with a large group of physicians. Since moving to Spokane, I have worked at several pediatric primary care clinics, prior to the opening of Bear Creek Pediatrics. As of 2020, I have over 22 years of working in pediatrics!
I have three children, four chickens, two cats, a bunny, and a beehive. My family spends a good amount of time involved in soccer, along with school and church activities. Additionally, I enjoy biking, travel, gardening, and reading. In fact, roaming the library to bring home an armload of books might be one of my favorite self-care activities! If you ever need recommendations on books for kids of any age, just ask!
I truly love every age and stage of childhood development! I strive to provide excellent healthcare guidance and treatment for children and families. I am Board Certified as a Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and as a Pediatric Primary Care Mental and Behavior Health Specialist.
I grew up in southern California. After high school, I spent six years in the United States Air Force. My two favorite places I was stationed were South Korea and Spokane. Once I separated from the Air Force, I decided to stay in Spokane and build a life here. I now have a beautiful son named Kenneth.
In my free time, you can find us outside at a park or hiking a trail. I love working with kids on and off the clock!
I was born in southern California, moving to southern Idaho in 1992 and northern Idaho in 2000. My husband and I have been married for 14 wonderful years. Together we have 3 children. I fell in love with coding while I was in college. I enjoy how each day is an adventure in the ever changing insurance world.
When I'm not working, I love to get outdoors to hike, camp, boat, and just plain relax. In the winter months my family and I watch alot of movies, play games and read books!