I was born and raised in New York, specifically Long Island. I graduated in 1981 with my BSN. I quickly found out that psychiatry was my calling after having worked in the state hospital. I love psychiatry because while physical pain is difficult, emotional pain is not so easily understood or treated. I was drawn to helping those who couldn’t communicate their symptoms by working with the seriously mentally ill population. I have worked very hard to help end the stigma of mental illness with NAMI.
I moved to Florida in 1994 with 3 children and 2 dogs. I graduated in 1999 from University of South Florida. I became a nurse practitioner after seeing that I could provide a greater scope of care to my patients. At the heart of my decision was the ability to help families. With a mental health diagnosis, everyone is affected. I believe in healing families, keeping them together and helping to resolve the issues or symptoms that may be keeping them apart!
I am especially proud of working for the VA and taking care of veterans with PTSD and Dementia. I learned both therapeutic approaches, as well as medication management to help this population. The ability to give back to our military was very humbling and rewarding! I have worked in community mental health, treating the most difficult diagnosis of thought disorders, substance use disorders, depression and anxiety.
I am the proud mother of 3 wonderful adults and grandmother to four amazing little individuals who provide so much joy! I have a little shitzhu puppy named Teddy and love traveling, reading and going to the theater. Finally, I have always considered myself truly blessed to have a profession that I love and working with others who share the same values and goals for our clients!