Nurse Practitioner* Clinical Expert * Life Care Planner * Expert Witness

I’m thrilled you’re here! Please take a moment to explore my professional website.  You will find details on my background, experience, skills and much more.

I am a Registered Nurse first and always.  I am also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, certified Nurse Life Care Planner, certified Forensic Nurse, expert witness and experienced educator.  My strong work ethic, detail oriented approach and laser focus gets every job done correctly and systematically.

Balance is paramount in my professional practice.  When I am not seeing patients, teaching a course or consulting on cases, I spend time with my family enjoying the great outdoors.

If you want to learn more about me or collaborate, please reach out.



My Story

I am a third generation registered nurse, with a professional passion and personal determination.  My passion and determination are supported by my knowledge, skills, training and experience.

As a nurse, I am also an expert clinician with a diverse skill set.  I am dedicated to improving clinical outcomes.  I use patient care, life care planning and expert witness consultations as my medium. 

Life care plans, by nature, are dynamic and systematic.  These are  comprehensive plans which estimate the medical and non-medical needs of a person impacted by complex or catastrophic conditions. 

Life care plans can be written by individuals with a variety of clinical backgrounds such as medicine, rehabilitation, case management and therapeutics.

Registered Nurses with the CNLCP credential are permitted to diagnose and treat human responses to illness by virtue of their professional licensure.  Frequently, this requirement is also a professional mandate based on state nurse practice acts.

I utilize my extensive background in writing life care plans in a variety of complex and catastrophic conditions. These plans are individualized, methodologically sound and encompass a full spectrum of human conditions and responses. 

I apply the Nursing Process on a daily basis. The Nursing Process is a systematic and sequential guide to client centered care. This methodology is consistently applied in clinical settings, case consultations, and educating professionals inside nursing and beyond.

I also offer client case management and available for advocacy services such as:

  • Special education plans

  • School meetings

  • Interdisciplinary team meetings

  • Discharge planning

  • Disability and Independent Medical Evaluations

Keep exploring my site to learn more information about me, and reach out directly with any questions.



Roles & Responsibilities

I am defined by a lifetime of learning, healing, and educating others.  A summary of my background is listed below.  Please reach out for additional questions.


Licensed * Certified * Multistate

A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed provider who has graduated from an accredited nursing program.  The RN has met the requirements outlined by a state, licensing body to obtain a nursing license. An RN's scope of practice is determined by legislation, and is regulated by a professional body or council.  Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency, such as American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Board of Certification of Emergency Nurses (BCEN), validates a nurse's knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice, based on predetermined standards. Multistate refers to the Nurse Licensure Compact agreement providing RNs the ability to practice in states outside their borders, teaching online and facilitating care in national disasters.


Board Certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Nurse Practitioners are licensed, independent practitioners. A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse, practicing under their own licensure. NPs are trained to assess patient needs, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, diagnose disease, formulate and prescribe treatment plans. The use of terms such as “mid-level provider” and “physician extender” in reference to nurse practitioners (NPs) individually or to an aggregate inclusive of NPs is inaccurate and misleading.


Clinical Practice Doctorate * Outcomes * Evaluation

​The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) is a practice focused, terminal degree in nursing. Doctoral programs in nursing and other practice disciplines can be categorized into two distinct types: research-focused and practice-focused.

The term practice, specifically nursing practice, as conceptualized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) refers to any form of nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, including the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy.

Preparation at the practice doctorate level includes advanced preparation in nursing, based on nursing science, and is at the highest level of nursing practice.

What distinguishes this definition of practice from others is that it includes both direct care provided to patients by individual clinicians as well as direct care policies, programs and protocols that are organized, monitored, and continuously improved upon by expert nurse clinicians.

In many institutions, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners prepared in master's-degree programs that often carry a credit load equivalent to doctoral degrees in the other health professions. 

DNP curricula build on traditional master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.

The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNS, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.



My Studies


Distinguished graduate, High honors

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Honors graduate.  Grant recipient. Graduate capstone.

Master of Science in Nursing


Dual honors graduate.  Deans list.  Peer tutor. Leadership role.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude



Getting Coffee
Giving a Presentation


Life Care Planner
Case Reviewer




Peer Reviewed
Journal consultant


"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"

Ralph Waldo Emerson



I’d love to hear from you.  Let's connect to discuss how we can work together.

Phone: (602) 492-8102

Fax: (803) 274-5873


Phone: (602) 492-8102

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