600 Somerset Avenue
WIndber PA, 15963 Breast Care
1. What is your specialty?
I am a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and I specialize in Breast Care by providing continued primary health care to patients as an integral part of the patient’s health team. In my role, I provide follow-up care for our patients with breast problems, diseases, and cancers. Additionally, I help manage and educate on early detection, prevention, and screenings for our patients.
2. Why did you want to become a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)?
I have always wanted to learn more and advance my knowledge of medicine, broaden my opportunities, and provide advanced care for the patients in my care. Furthering my education to become a nurse practitioner has allowed me to utilize my nursing background to move beyond patient care to evaluate and diagnose and treat my patients. I wanted to specialize in breast health because of my interest in breast diseases. It is imperative to provide comprehensive breast care and education focusing on the importance of health promotion, early detection, and prevention of breast diseases.
3. What is one aspect of the job that you find rewarding?
I enjoy the ongoing learning opportunities and expanding my knowledge of breast care, breast cancer treatments, and genetic testing. I enjoy educating and teaching patients on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with healthy nutrition and physical activity, performing their monthly self-breast examinations, and getting their screening mammograms done. Early detection is the critical key.
4. In your opinion, what’s the future of your field?
With the incidence of breast cancer on the rise, we need to focus our efforts on awareness of early detection, getting screening mammograms, and finding more effective treatments for breast cancers through continued research and use of genomics.
5. What do you do to achieve work/life balance?
I enjoy spending time with my husband, Joe, as well as my fur babies, family and friends. I enjoy taking walks, reading, and traveling, especially beach vacations because playing hard is as important as working hard.
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