Originally from the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I moved to the area in 2011 with my husband, to make this community our home. Cadence, our family dog, graciously lets my husband and me, along with our two children, live in our home with her – though she lets it be known that she runs the roost! An introvert at heart, I love a good cup of coffee and sitting down to read a book; my favorite genres to read are World War II historical fiction and psychological thrillers. I recharge and find balance by spending time in nature, or by myself, and I do so by enjoying all that our area has to offer, from the lakes to the woods to everything in between.
I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2011 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where my educational focus was on health care and health care access. I was a Social Worker in long-term care for over 10 years and as a result, I have worked with individuals across the adult life-span with many different struggles, including grief and loss, as well as financial, housing and health concerns. In order to better support those who are experiencing grief and loss, I completed a Grief Support Specialist Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall/winter of 2021. I understand that grief and loss are wide ranging topics and I have worked with, and supported, individuals who are grieving their loss of independence, loss of physical status due to an injury or planned surgery, loss of health due to illness, as well as loss of a loved one.
I believe that mental health care is health care, and I am passionate about maternal health/mental health care, both pre- and post-partum. I feel that you cannot fully care for another being if you are not caring for yourself. However, as a mother of two young children, I understand that self-care often seems impossible to have time for, or is not financially feasible. Therefore, I will help you explore different strategies for implementing self-care in a way that is unique, and most helpful, to you. I align with perspectives that are strengths-based and person-centered; your life and your experiences will be the guide as we work together. I look forward to being a partner in your care.
…if we can allow ourselves to be gentle with ourselves no matter what our feelings may be, we have the chance of discovering the very deep roots of who we are.Fred Rogers