Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked in the software industry
for 20 years. Many software problems can be solved by turning the computer
off and back on again. While humans can’t be rebooted, losing those
bad habits, reducing stress, and embracing a healthier lifestyle has given
many people a new lease on life by making them feel decades younger with
energy to spare.
But what if something else is going on? The solutions to both software
and human problems are similar: Listen to the person who is having the
problem. What are the symptoms? What makes it worse/better? What do you
think is going on? By listening to each other and working together, we
can discover what the problem is and develop a plan to treat it.
I believe that patients and I work together as a team to maintain their
health, prevent illness, and keep existing conditions under control. Educating
patients about existing and potential problems is very important to me
as knowledge is power. Living healthy with a sensible diet and regular
exercise is the ideal. But for me, like many of us, it’s a challenge
when we have competing demands on our time like working, going to school,
maintaining a marriage/relationship, and taking care of children, grandchildren,
and parents. I like to work with patients to find the one or two things
they can change in their diet and/or exercise regimen to make big improvements
on their health.
During my spare time, I read voraciously, travel, do cross stitch, and
enjoy spending time with my kids, grand-dogs, and grand-cats. I am slowly
learning how to do home improvements. And I love all things ’geek’,
from Star Trek TOS to Dr Who and Rogue One. Let's live long and prosper
together! There's nothing in the 'verse that can stop us.