My father, a Vietnam War veteran and long-term cardiac patient, has always been my greatest inspiration and reason for pursuing nursing. He struggled for years trying to get adequate care in our healthcare system before ultimately passing away at the height of the pandemic. It is my greatest privilege to honor my dad’s life and legacy by working to improve quality of life and access to care for one of our most vulnerable populations who are too often neglected: the aging and elderly.
As an RN Case Manager at Lightyear Health, the heart of my role is advocating for our patients, their families, and the communities that we serve. I coordinate care and act as a liaison between all parties that participate in the care plan of our patients and provide advice to communities on the management of ongoing issues that arise while collaborating with our clinical team. I often engage in continuous education with community staff members, patients, and Lightyear Health providers.
I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with minors in Education from the University of California, Irvine. I then worked as a behavioral specialist at a school in Orange County that specializes in caring for children with a wide range of neurodevelopmental challenges. Ultimately, I attended and graduated from the University of Virginia with my master’s degree in nursing and a certification in Clinical Nurse Leadership.
I began my nursing career at the University of Virginia Medical Center working in the post-anesthesia care unit with patients of all ages across a wide range of surgical specialties. In the Fall of 2020, I relocated back to California to be closer to family and have since been happily employed at Lightyear Health.
Outside of work, I love spending as much time as possible with family, friends, and our dog, especially at the beach enjoying the beautiful California weather. I am also a total foodie and love to cook—if I didn’t pursue nursing, chef would have been at the top of my list!