Specialty Care, Palliative Care
I am originally from Massachusetts, which is where my family still lives. I love being involved in the community through the local food pantry, free clinic (in Charlottesville), and spending time outside either running or hiking.
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
American Nurses Association (ANA)
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
Why did you choose your specialty area?
I had a unique opportunity as an undergraduate nursing student to travel to South Africa with a research team looking into palliative care in rural populations. Seeing some clinics in very rural parts of SA provide palliative care was fascinating, especially with the extensive HIV and TB population. It was eye-opening to see such holisitc care provided so efficiently. Working as a nurse in the Medical ICU at UVA further helped me realize my interest in palliative care given the amount of end of life care we provide for critically ill patients. I found great reward in being part of a team that emphasized having quality communication around a patient's goals of care and transitions through their illness, and knew I wanted to pursue this avenue of healthcare as I furthered my career.
How do you spend your spare time?
Staying active— either exercising or exploring local hikes! Helping out at the Charlottesville Free Clinic and Loaves & Fishes food pantry are two of my favorite activities.
#1 health tip that you can offer:
Stay active! And spend time around people that make you laugh!
- America’s Choice Provider Network
- Anabaptist Healthshare
- Anthem BCBS
- Magellan Complete Care
- Molina Healthcare (Medicare/Medicaid)
- Sentara Optima
- United Healthcare (UHC)
- VA Choice
- Virginia Health Network
- Virginia Premier