600 Somerset Avenue
Windber PA, 15963 Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic
1. What is your specialty?
I have a Masters in Science in Nursing. I am a board certified AANP Family Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
2. Why did you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)?
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted a career in helping people either in medicine or as a teacher. In college, I started out majoring in business education with a minor in accounting and quickly discovered I had a stronger curiosity and desire to learn more about medicine. After my first semester, I changed my major to nursing and obtained a job as a nurse’s aide to gain experience. By working in numerous departments throughout the hospital as an aide and eventually a Registered Nurse, I developed an insatiable thirst for more knowledge of the medical field.
3. What is one aspect of the job that you find rewarding?
Patients come to the Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic due to an injury or chronic pain looking for guidance and treatment. I have the opportunity to review patients’ history, interpret X-ray images, discuss treatment plan with patients, and see them follow through with the treatment plan to return to play or higher quality of life and function.
4. In your opinion, what’s the future of your field?
Orthopedics is progressive field with continual research. In orthopedic surgery, surgical techniques are being refined and becoming less invasive with the addition of robotics. Sports medicine has and will continue to change focus on prevention of injury.
5. What do you do to achieve work/life balance?
With my free time, I spend my time with my two young sons, husband and dogs. During the summer, we love to spend time outdoors camping, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
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