I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. I got my bachelor’s of nursing in 2004 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I started working for the University of Tennessee hospital in Cardiac surgery right after I graduated. Since starting nursing I have worked and lived in six other states. I have always loved traveling, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures. I have traveled as much as I could in the US and to other countries also. I have been to almost all of the 50 states and to 12 other countries. I have loved being a nurse and helping people. After a few injuries I realized hospital nursing wasn’t good for my body. I decided I needed a change, and became a nurse practitioner. I wanted to be able to still help people and that provided me with an opportunity to help in a different way.
I got my master’s from Vanderbilt University in 2009 as a family nurse practitioner. While in school, I worked in a crisis unit and right after I worked doing home visits. I loved both but decided to do something different. I used to think I didn’t want to work in psychiatry, so I chose to work in Dermatology and at convenience care clinics for 4+ years after school. Over those years I realized that the people I enjoyed seeing the most and felt like I could help the most were the ones who couldn’t be helped with creams or antibiotics. They were the people with mental health issues. That led me to go back to school for psychiatry. I graduated with my post masters as a family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2014. Working in psychiatry has been the best part of my working life! I have loved being able to help people with their brains. I feel that people are so much more than their disorders or diagnoses. I want to help work with individuals and their other providers to treat the whole person, not just one piece. I have worked as an NP in outpatient mental health centers and in the crisis unit in my area, but the clinics have been my favorite. I have loved working with people of all ages. I have loved working with little ones with ADHD and mood issues, geriatric clients with multiple physical and mental health issues, and everyone in between.
When I am not working I love to hang out with friends and family, go hiking with my fur babies/family/friends, kayaking, movies, travel, reading, and binging Netflix. I love living in Chattanooga because it is easy to do so many outside activities. This is a great place to be to travel also. When you go to the top of Lookout Mountain, which is right outside the city, you can see into 5 states. I have loved living in multiple parts of our beautiful country but this is my favorite so far!