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 poor in resources but rich in determination. Family, faith and my husband gave me the strength to complete a Master’s at Rush University in order to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
This “big city girl” moved to southern Oregon in 1984 to practice primary care while learning to celebrate rural life and Family Medicine. In this setting, I developed a growing interest in how the mind impacts our physical health.
A 2008 move to Portland carried the opportunity to 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 not enjoying work, you will find me in quiet solitude. If not home alone, I might be spending time with my husband of 38+ years, one of three incredible daughters or six grandchildren. I take delight in being called “Nana”, lap swimming, walking long distances and/or enjoying Central Oregon.
Specialty: Behavioral Health