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I am a small town girl at heart. I was born and raised in West Michigan and now live just outside McBain. I love working in family practice. I see newborns, the elderly and everyone in between. Patients have said that seeing me is like having coffee with a good friend who listens and cares about you, your children and your parents. If you are looking for a new health care provider for you and/or your children, schedule an appointment and see for yourself the difference a caring provider who listens to you can make! You won’t be disappointed.
For a small town girl, it may be surprising that I did most of my training in the big cities. I received my doctorate at Rush University in Chicago. My family nurse practitioner training was completed at Columbia University in New York City. My undergraduate and graduate work was at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. My heart, however, remained in west and northern Michigan; so early in my career I returned “home” to practice the profession that I love! I am board certified, on the faculty at Michigan State University and committed to keeping up with the most current practice standards in family medicine while valuing the tried and true that comes with experience.
“Let’s work together to eat healthier, move more and reduce stress, and see how much better you can feel.”
Life Outside of the Practice
In addition to being a family nurse practitioner, I am also a wife and mother. My family includes adopted, biological and foster children. I have authored a series of children’s books based on our real-life experiences of being a mixed-race family created through adoption. Self-care for me includes prioritizing time with close friends and family, walking our dog with my husband, kayaking down the Clam River, hiking with girlfriends, cheering at my kids’ sporting events and reading fiction. Self-care for me does NOT involve shopping, iPhones or open water swimming, thus on my days off I avoid buying groceries, my phone is often missing (unless I am on-call!) and I will never attempt another triathlon-ever.
I realized at a young age that helping others was my calling; it humbled me to help take the burned off people to be empathetic and caring. I was raised on a farm, and it was natural to help each other out. I was always eager for the next task. I can remember a time when my grandfather asked for help patining a piece of farm equipment. During this process, I noticed that my grandfather slopped paint on his clothing. In my young mind, I thought that he would feel upset being the one who slopped the paint. So in an attempt to make him feel better, I purposely put paint on my clothes.
I love connecting with people. I firmly believe that the patient/provider relationship is the most important part of the healing process. Every relationship is special and unique. It’s important to develop a trusting, positive, and open therapeutic relationship. I meet patients where they are at emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially to help mutually guide and support them through the healing process to become beathlier and happier people.
I have earned a Master’s degree in Arts from Western Michigan University, which has provided me with the education and training necessary to be licensed as a Temporary Limited License Psychologist. I have nearly 20 years of experience working in behavioral health and social services. I have worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings. During my graduate studies, I had the opportunity to help adults and children through group, play, and equine therapy. I have also administered psychological and intellectual testing for adults and children.
Life Outside of the Practice
I was born and raised in Newaygo County and still live there to this day. I enjoy being in nature and being active. I love spending time with my family and my rescue dog, Lady. I also love being around cows!
As a child, I always liked going to the dentist. I liked the clean and organized environment and I knew I wanted to help people somehow. I decided to give dental hygiene a try and I love it. I really enjoy getting to meet new people and build relationships with them. It is really rewarding to see a smile transform and know that I helped the patient along the process.
I graduated from Ferris State University with my associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010 and my bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2017. I am currently a student at Ferris again, in the Master of Public Health program. Along with working for Family Health Care, I am also adjunct clinical faculty at Ferris and I help oversee dental hygiene students in the clinic.
Life Outside of the Practice
I grew up in Cheboygan, MI and moved to Big Rapids for college. I met my husband there and we now call it home. We have two young boys, who keep us busy and entertained, as well as a dog and two cats. My husband and I created the Big Rapids Board Game Group, as we love to play board games. I also enjoy hula hooping in my free time and trying to learn new tricks. We also love spending time at our family cabins near Hubbard Lake.
Dental assistant in a private general dentistry practice for 4 years during undergrad.
Dental internship at Hamilton Community Health, Burton, MI during dental school.
- Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Michigan located in Dearborn, MI
- Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry located in Detroit, MI
In my personal time I enjoy running, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, and taking road trips.