Hello and welcome!
I’m excited for you to reimagine your next conversation with your doctor that sets you on your health journey – Empowered!
Wherever I worked as an adult some form of patient advocacy was at its core.
Advocating is what feeds my soul and motivates me to go to work every day.
And now as a coach I get to do what I love every day!
But the journey here took time –
Maybe it does when you want to change the way something has always been done.
A few business experts said, “Women know how to talk to their doctor, besides health is personal, who is going to share what has always been kept private? Can you choose a disease for your business instead?”
But I persisted.
Because when you’ve stood at the side of a patient crying from frustration, or take a telephone call about what is keeping a patient up at night – they are not talking about a disease – it’s usually everything else – and in those moments you learn how much healing rests in the listening, the words, and the communication.
And stopping you from getting to that point of frustration is everything to me.
Because nurturing the human spirit is as important as the human condition.
Especially when women are asking to be listened to.
Grateful to now have this space for women to feel heard, and where I get to bring forward the voices of hero’s – from patients and families – who made me urgently understand –
Clear communication in health care can be just as life-saving as your doctor can be.
I shared- in or witnessed 100’s (likely 1,000’s) of patient-physician conversations in my 15 years of nursing to learn quickly what can make communicating go well or – terribly wrong and because I changed where I worked frequently, for my family’s schedule, my new experiences gave me a fresh perspective of an often disconnected and fragmented health care system – whether I was caring for patients on a ventilator in critical care, as a visiting nurse in their home, or as a nurse navigator in a clinic guiding patients to and recovering from back surgery.
I believe there is a way to communicate better. My mission is to show you how.
In my personal life I try to live a healthy lifestyle inspired by those I’ve met along the way. You’ll find me sipping (more like gulping) a cup of coffee or two (oh thank you coffee for all you do), slipping in a green juice when I can, and keeping my evenings reserved for tea. I take delight in flowers and plants – to look at and to eat. The more greens on my plate the bigger the smile – thankful to be nourished – and yes for being vegan. I love simple joys best – walks, beaches, November skies, and creating memories with family and friends. I hang out with super supportive, dynamic women – I hope you’ll discover the support and positive energy waiting for you here.
Master of Nursing Science, Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, CA
Focused on Leadership and Administration
Bachelor of Nursing Science, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
Associate Degree of Nursing, College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA
Earned Registered Nurse License
Storyteller, studied with renowned storyteller Barbara H. Clark, Institute of Musical Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Certified Public Speaking Coach, studied with Craig Valentine, The 1999 World Champion of Speaking
Public Speaker, studied with Toastmasters International