College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Nursing
In 1995, I began my journey in patient care as a Combat Medical Specialist (91B) in the US Army. In 2003, I graduated with an ADN from Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, TX). Following what I thought would be my one and only educational experience as a nurse, I fell in love with critical care nursing. I simultaneously felt that I had not quite reached my potential as a nurse - and I was really onto something with that notion! I received my BSN from Texas Tech University Health Science Center (Lubbock, TX, 2006) and completed my MS in Nurse Anesthesia at Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth, TX, 2009). I stayed and practiced in Fort Worth until relocating to Asheville, NC, in 2016.<br> <br>I began work as an adjunct instructor at WCU in 2018 and knew that a future in teaching was for me. I joined the faculty in the DNP Nurse Anesthesia program full-time in 2020 and completed my Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice at Texas Wesleyan University (2021).<br> <br>I have practiced anesthesia in a multitude of environments, including independent practice at an endoscopy center, and some work in ambulatory surgery. Most of my experience includes providing anesthesia as part of a team model at a tertiary care facility. My interests include patient safety, otolaryngology/head and neck procedures, obstructive sleep apnea, and anesthesia for the obese population. However, by far, my favorite environment to work in is the academic one. There isn't anything quite like the energy and enthusiasm surrounding learning and discovery!
Patient safety, obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, and anesthesia for otolaryngology/head and neck procedures.
Obstructive sleep apnea, ventilation strategies, and evidence-based admissions strategies.