Family Nurse Practitioner
I consider myself very lucky to work with clients who give voice to a full range of emotions and life experiences. My strengths and interests include working with those individuals who experience:
> Insomnia – sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia
> Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
> Addiction – of all kinds
As science has listened to patients, we now know more about the mind and body connection. We now have more tools to intervene and bring resolution and joy to even those who have experienced the most despair.
My first job was picking potatoes in southeast Idaho. After a few years of birthing lambs and farming I got serious about college. Finishing an undergraduate degree in nursing from Washington State University led to a masters in nursing from Gonzaga University and then to the College of Idaho for a masters in counseling. I’m determined to learn something new every day, and encourage my patients to do the same.
I spent 8 years in private practice at Foothills Psychiatry in Boise with an excellent teacher and mentor Leslie Lundt. Together we published articles for professional publications and co-authored a book for the health practitioner called 40 Cases: Understanding Psychiatric Medications. Leslie taught me that “healthy people get help.” It was there I realized the unbreakable link between good sleep and good medicine.
As a result of research with psychiatric medications and insomnia I have been asked to speak at many conferences and meetings. A couple years ago I presented at the 3rd International Nurse Practitioner Conference in Groningen, Netherlands. I have presented workshops in every state except Arkansas.
Hobbies and Interests
In my free time, I enjoy adding to, and checking off, adventures on my bucket list. This year I crossed off rappelling down a 200 foot cliff, reading a book by Dostoevsky, golfing in France, and 30 straight days of Hot Yoga. When I’m not at home enjoying the smell of my husband’s cooking, you can find me white water rafting, skiing and hiking the mountain ranges of the Northwest. I’m currently doing research on the world’s best hammocks.