As an experienced nurse practitioner in gastroenterology my practice philosophy
is to ensure our patients feel comfortable and confident to share their
health concerns and questions. It is important to listen to “our
patients’ stories” because this is what makes us all unique
and gives us the information to help make the diagnosis and develop a
plan of care. By understanding our patients needs are the most important
reason why we are here, which is the key factor I would like to convey.
We often see urgent and complex problems but understanding we have an
exceptional team of gastroenterologists to support our patient’s
complex needs is key to our success.
My passion is providing gastrointestinal education to our patients so
they are well informed and can share in the decision-making process. Once
our patients understand the “why” behind the “what next”
reduces anxiety and fear. I especially enjoy providing care and guidance
for woman’s gastrointestinal disorders. I have found over the past
20 years of my experience in gastroenterology that I am the first clinician
my patient has bravely shared a very embarrassing moment. It a very empowering
moment for my patients once she realizes she is one of many who share
the same GI concerns.
I am a frequent guest lecturer at University of California in Irvine for
NP students. I have written and published in the
Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, Journal of the American Academy
of Nurse Practitioners,
Gastroenterology Nursing and The Nurse Practitioner Journal.
In my leisure time, I enjoy being active outside especially kayaking and
hiking. I have a renewed passion for cooking and would one day love to
write a cookbook to help others “simplify” their desire to
-Red Rose Nursing Excellence Award, St. Joseph Health-2018
-California Nurse Practitioner Distinction of the Year Award, California
Association of Nurse Practitioners- 2012
-President American College of Nurse Practitioners, 2012
-President California Association of Nurse Practitioners-2009
-Astra Zeneca Grant Recipient-Developing a NP Directed program Colon Cancer
Screening in Underserved Population, American Academy for Nurse Practitioners
-Excellence in Values of Action- St. Joseph Heritage Health Foundation- 2004.
-AstraZeneca Grant Recipient-Gastroesophageal Community Education Grant
from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation (AANP)-2003
-Nurse’s Service Organization, Advisory Board Member: 2009-present