Professional Affiliations and Memberships
- Arizona Integrative Wellness Coalition
- American Holistic Nurses Association
- Arizona Gerontological Nurses Association
- International Council on Active Aging
- Passages (End of Life Education)
With 30+ years as a Registered Nurse and Health Educator (M.Ed.), I’ve always been passionate about “whole-person well-being” (mind, body, spirit). My diverse experience has focused on integrative health, worksite wellness, curriculum development, critical care, medical navigation, and behavioral health. I received specialized training as an independent RN Patient Advocate in 2010, and since that time, have operated my own business helping patient-clients navigate the medical system and explore options for informed healthcare choice. More about RN Patient Advocacy.
My professional career has always shown me the importance of empathic, collaborative communication with colleagues and the patients we care for. My passion for improving healthcare communication attracted me to the first Medical Improv “train the trainer” intensive at Chicago’s Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2013. The program was taught by Professor Katie Watson (NWU in Chicago), and Dr Belinda Fu of Seattle, WA, and the international collaboration continues! Here in Tucson, my RN Improv colleague, Liz Barta, does a fabulous job as lead facilitator for my company, Improv to Improve Healthcare! More about Improv to Improve Healthcare!
As health professionals, the importance of excellent self-care habits is rarely emphasized and supported. I helped establish one of the first hospital-based Integrative Health departments in the U.S. and enthusiastically promoted holistic health retreats for nurses. I continue to collaborate with colleagues to offer workshops that encourage creative self-care strategies for expression and enjoyment. More about Self Care for Healthcare Professionals.
- Medical Improv (“Train the Trainer” certified)
- RN Patient Advocate© (certified),
- Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster© (certified facilitator),
- Advanced Care Planning (Gundersen Lutheran Institute, certified facilitator)
- Intrinsic Coach©
- Heart Math©
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dynamic Governance
- Non-Violent Communication
- Healing Touch