What led you to choose your specialty?
I learned that nurse midwives integrated into the care delivery team results in lower c-section rates, good outcomes for pregnancies, and high levels of patient satisfaction. I enjoy helping people become parents and watching their families grow. It’s the biggest honor of my life to be present when a new person makes their arrival into this world.
What’s most rewarding about working with patients?
From their first well person visits and helping them to find their voice as consumers of health care, to seeing someone who can’t believe they’re pregnant or worried they don’t have the tools they need to be a parent, and then watching their transition to becoming a parent and delighting in their baby. It’s really rewarding to see folks as they evolve over time.
What’s something about your specialty people don’t know?
Midwives do so much more than attend births. As nurse practitioners, we also discuss and prescribe contraception options, perform well-person visits, Pap tests, testing for and treating sexually transmitted infections, yeast infections, and helping with menopause symptoms and transition.
What drew you to Olympic Medical Center?
This area is similar to where I lived and practiced in Vermont: a small community with the challenges and opportunities of providing health care in a rural environment. I love bumping into people whose babies I’ve caught when I’m in the grocery store or out walking the dog – it’s part of what makes living and working in a small community great!
How do you spend your free time?
I love hiking, backpacking, biking, scrapbooking, quilting, and reading. I also love to travel and have done a bicycle tour in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and have a nearly 3-foot in diameter Lego Millennium Falcon model.
Services and Treatments
Healthcare for women throughout the lifespan, including well woman care, contraception, pregnancy and postpartum care. Special procedures include IUD and Nexplanon insertion/removal, and OB-limited ultrasounds.