Family Nurse Practitioner
It is hard for some to have a positive self image in today’s world. There is pressure all over to look a certain way. Having had an eating disorder myself, I understand the struggle that my patients have. While working on my recovery I found hope and serenity and that is what I hope to share with those I help.
I am a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I received my Bachelor of Science from Union College and my Master of Science in Nursing from Creighton University. I have 2 years’ experience working as a psychiatric provider. It is my goal to increase awareness, education, and prevention strategies across the region. My level of compassion with my patients is very high as we share something sensitive. With my personal experience, compassion and expertise, I believe my patients will feel right at home.
I am married to my amazing husband Dan, and I have the most wonderful 13 year old daughter. I love to fish, spend time outside with nature, and spend quality family time together. I cherish the patients I work with and they are just as big a part of my journey as I am of theirs.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. I went on to earn my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
My approach to counseling stems from the belief that you are the expert on your own life and I will work with you to find insight and create meaning that will impact the quality of your life. My goal is not to judge, but is instead to create a safe space where we can explore areas of difficulty together. I have a special place in my heart for helping those struggling with an eating disorder. Eating disorders are often kept secret by those who are struggling. Over time, this secret builds and slowly consumes the person. Our culture and society have twisted our relationship with food, while skewing our perception of body image, for both men and women. I recognize and understand how difficult seeking help for an eating disorder can be. I strive to provide a safe setting to work towards establishing realistic and healthy eating patterns and body image while gaining insight into the underlying thoughts and emotions.
I have a particular interest in working with adolescent athletes who may be struggling with unhealthy expectations related to body image and eating patterns. Growing up as a competitive athlete myself, I experienced firsthand how athletes are often told and taught, from a young age how to manipulate their bodies to perform a certain way. As a result, young athletes often internalize an unattainable body image and develop unhealthy eating patterns which can last far beyond their athletic years.
Dietitian Nutritionist &
Medical Nutrition Therapist
Eating disorders have no bias on who they affect, they come in all shapes and sizes with a story to tell. I am here to help you write your own story apart from your eating disorder. As HOPE Healthcare’s Registered Dietitian I take a completely personalized approach knowing no eating disorder is the same and no person is alike. My ultimate hope for each person is to help people create a positive relationship with food, one where food is no longer the enemy, it is just food.
I am a Kansas State University graduate where I received my bachelors degree in dietetics and completed a 1 year long internship which exposed me to multiple nutrition experiences. But more importantly it was here where I experienced multiple friends feeling lost and misunderstood in their fight against their eating disorder, it was here I was shown the overwhelming need for professionals in this area.
An eating disorders strongest weapon is that it can go unnoticed and silenced for years as it day by day, gains more control over someone’s life. Bringing light this dark place we understand is a vulnerable, raw and brave step, here at HOPE we are here to walk by your side in this journey. You are not alone.