Biography and Education
I grew up in Houston, TX. My first degree is BS in psychology from the University of Houston. I later received a Masters in Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and taught Kindergarten and first grade. I decided to change my career path and returned to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to earn a BSRN through an accelerated program and then an MSN in the adult nurse practitioner program. I immediately enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Boston to earn a post master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner. Upon completion of this degree I practiced as an FNP in the emergency department for 11 years. During this time I completed a DNP from Frontier Nursing University. Upon completing my DNP I was offered a faculty position and accepted. I worked in both the FNP and PMHNP programs at Frontier. In the FNP program I was course coordinator in a didactic course. In the PMHNP program I was Regional Clinical Faculty. I remained faculty at Frontier Nursing University for 8 years. In 2019 I completed a post masters certificate in Frontier's PMHNP program. I joined an established PMHNP outpatient clinic as a parter/owner. In 2023 I left Frontier Nursing University to join Texas State University as a Clinical Associate Professor in the PMHNP program and to cross teach in the FNP program.
I prefer to teach PMHNP student because that is what I practice and therefore I am more knowledgable about the current literature and standard of care in this field. While I enjoy teaching clinical students, didactic courses are my primary interest as that is where the majority of my teaching experience is derived from.
My research and scholarly interests revolve around mental health issues. My main focus is in diagnosis and treatment of major depression disorder, adult attention/hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder.