Tell us about which Nurse Practitioner (NP) school you attended and why it made the top of your list?           

I attended Regis College, in Weston, MA, just outside of Boston.  I chose Regis because it was 100% in-person instruction, provided clinical training with some of the best medical facilities in the world, including Partners Healthcare, which allowed me to learn in  Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s, etc.

How did you choose Rheumatology as your specialty?

I somewhat fell into it – I treated a number of patients of AOCC when I was in my previous role working in pain management.  I ended up becoming fascinated by it, and continue to read anything I can get my hands on to learn more.

What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?

Our team works incredibly well together.  Our doctors are incredibly supportive of the advanced clinician role and are always available to help us work through any questions that may arise.  The clinic and nursing staff work respectfully together, to ensure that the best interest of our patients is always our number one goal.  It’s a pleasure to come to work every day.

What led you to practice with AOCC?

I became intrigued with the work of the practice through my previous position. They have an incredible reputation for providing great care.  The opportunity presented itself when I was looking for something new, and I quickly knew it was something I’d never regret.

Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you during your career thus far?  

Working at the Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Boston, as an RN, I saw the staff working as an amazing team. Their care for the children is second to none – everything is done in order to ensure the absolute best outcomes for the patient. I see a lot of that here, as we work so closely and so well together, to ensure that our patients receive top-notch care.

Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?

I am a member of Women in Rheumatology, Rheumatology Nursing Society, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?

I learned how to cook from my father, and rarely need recipes for savory foods.  I inherited a baking gene from my grandmother, and have been told I make some pretty delicious treats!  In order to work it off, I’m a long time endurance athlete – I love long-distance running and cycling. I’ve completed 20 marathons, an Ironman, and multiple shorter distance races.

Professionally, I have the unique ability to diffuse difficult situations.  I have a very good track record of working through situations where someone is really unhappy and being able to diplomatically work to make things right on all sides.