I grew up I Pennsylvania and completed nursing education in Philadelphia. Initially I worked in Neuro-Intensive Care, switched to HomeCare and Hospice, then went to Ecuador to serve as a public health nurse for the Peace Corps. When I returned from South America, I volunteered for a year at a Birth Center along the Texas-Mexican border. The birth center was run by nuns, and three of the sisters were also midwives. The opportunity to participate in families prenatal care and birth experiences changed the course of my nursing career and I returned to school to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). I work for several years as a CNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico before moving to Hawaii in 1999, and worked for a community health center before joining Kaiser Permanente Hawaii in July 2010.
I appreciate being a part of an extraordinary team. The Ob/Gyn’s and midwives work so well together to provide excellent care to our women and their families in both the clinic and hospital settings. I love caring for women of all ages! I especially enjoy sharing the pregnancy and birth with families. I do my best to listen to what is important to the women/family and support their desires and wishes throughout their pregnancy. I think Kaiser is really a great place to have a baby and I am sure to let them know that!
On my days off I try to enjoy Hawaii by being outdoors and going for a swim or run. Some of my favorite time is spent hiking or at the beach with my family and enjoying good food and wine with friends. I enjoy travel and have a long list of places I would like to visit. After a long day at work, I listen to Hawaii Public Radio on my long drive home, and enjoy hearing about my family’s day. On my days off, I try to enjoy Hawaii by being outdoors and going for a swim or a run. I also love to dance ballet as well as hula when my schedule allows. Some of my favorite time is spent hiking or at the beach with my family and enjoying good food and wine with friends. I enjoy travel and have along list of places I would like to visit. My family and I also foster abandoned kittens until they are healthy and big enough for adoption.