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

Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. They were one of the 1st universities to offer Advanced Study of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies Certificate, which is my passion.

Where did you complete your residency or fellowship? How/why did you end up choosing that location? How did you choose Rheumatology as your specialty?

I had many different rotations, but my favorite one was in Rheumatology with AOCC’s very own, Dr. Lackey. I worked as an infusion RN MMG Rheumatology and developed an interest in the field very early on. I was very fortunate to be able to train with Dr. Lackey. She is an excellent doctor and a wonderful teacher. She inspired me to further pursue the specialty after I graduated from NP school. 

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

Talking to patients and really getting to know them. Most of our rheumatology patients are seen quite frequently and you form a unique and intimate bond with them and their families.

What led you to practice with AOCC?

I love the world of Rheum and AOCC has always had a phenomenal reputation for being one of the region’s top providers. I am so excited to work with other NP’s and PA’s who share the same passion as I do.

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

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Association of Woman in Rheumatology

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

I love hiking, biking, kayaking, and all that Mother Nature offers. I am an avid YOGI and believe in/practice holistic and integrative therapies in conjunction with traditional medicine. I volunteer with my Life Group on a regular basis (our focus is with the Dream Center in the JT William neighborhood).