I was born and raised in Chicago, surrounded by an extended family that included 49 first cousins! My grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe and raised large families who were poor in resources but rich in determination. Family, faith and my husband gave me the strength to complete a master’s degree at Rush University in Chicago in order to practice as a family nurse practitioner.
In 1984, this “big city girl” moved to southern Oregon, where I practiced primary care for more than 20 years. During this time, I developed a growing interest in the impact that the mind has on our physical health. A 2008 move to Portland gave me the opportunity to attend Oregon Health & Science University and complete a post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
The human brain/mind is complex and resilient. We are injured in relationships and healed in connection to others. The professional relationship between patient and provider can be an important part of the healing process. I provide care for a full range of psychiatric needs. Included in my professional interests are: the association between trauma and substance abuse, racial/cultural identity development, PTSD, ADHD, autism and narrative therapy.
When I’m not at work, you will usually find me either enjoying quiet solitude at home, or spending time with my husband of many years or one of our three incredible daughters and six grandchildren. I take delight in being called “Nana,” and in lap swimming, walking long distances and enjoying Central Oregon.
Specialty: Behavioral Health