My philosophy for patient care is based in education. I feel my most important role as a primary family health care provider is in the education that I provide to the patients that I see. Once the exam and work-up is done for a specific complaint, or if the patient is in for a routine well-exam, I feel my most important role is to teach and educate the patient about the diagnosis. Education about illness or disease prevention can be done for all patients of any age. This education allows them to be in the driver’s seat for their healthcare. I have told the patients that I see that I will sit in the passenger’s seat and “read the map” for them but they are in charge! This promotes the patient to take an active role in their own personal health and ultimately in the prevention of possible future illness.
Unique to my career as a Nurse Practitioner is that I was the first nurse practitioner to begin an independent practice in my hometown of Wheaton, MN. I practiced in a clinic in downtown Wheaton for 7 years before relocating to the clinic and hospital location where I am presently employed.
I am married to my husband, Mike. He is a publisher and owns the local newspaper. We have 3 children. Two girls and a boy. Kalli is 11, Jadyn is 9 and Kyle is 4 years old.
We enjoy traveling together. The kids keep us very busy with their activities. I enjoy scrapbooking, biking, church activities, and being BUSY with family and friends in my free time. We are fortunate to have many extended family members also living here in Wheaton. Family is the cornerstone for what has shaped my life and career decisions and I believe that it is also what led me to this career in family practice.