I completed my BSN from Wayne State University in 1988 as well as my MS in Anesthesiology from Barry University in June 2000. I went on to obtain another MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Pace University. I completed my DNP from University of Michigan in December 2015 as well as a fellowship in chronic pain management from Hamline University. I spent 8 years in the Army Reserves and was deployed under Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring freedom. The scope of my practice has covered a broad range of disciplines, spanning from independent all crna practice in a small rural community hospital to a level 1 trauma center. Currently I established a pain group consisting of 4 fellowship trained CRNAs. Our group provides pain management services to rural areas to help combat the opioid crisis by providing alternatives to managing chronic pain to rural areas that do not have access to pain services.
My teaching interests are wide. I enjoy teaching anesthesia related courses as well as pain management, which is my passion. I teach ultrasound-guided nerve blocks as part of the opioid-free anesthetic plan.
Currently my research interests revolve around different techniques for pain control as well as quality of life improvements. For example, our pain group has been successfully treating combat related PTSD to our Veterans with ultrasound-guided stellate ganglion nerve block, which mitigates if not completely eliminates the symptoms associated with PTSD such as severe anxiety and insomnia. With these symptoms under control or eradicated, the patient is able to be more engaged with other modalities of PTSD treatment such as imagery, bio-feedback, and cognitive therapy.