I bring to my role as Assistant Medical Director the education, experience and knowledge to provide a range of services to the clients we serve. My credentials as a Certified Addiction Professional, a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, a Board Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist allow me the knowledge base to pull from many different disciplines when treating clients.
A little about my educational background, I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 1989 followed by relocating to England to complete a two year Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Manchester University. In the early 1990’s, after working as a psychologist at St. Charles Hospital in London, England, I returned to the United States to complete a five year Doctor of Psychology Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. As part of this training and education, I completed a one year APA Accredited Internship at Nova Southeastern University Community Mental Health Center in Fort Lauderdale followed by a one year Post-Doctoral Residency program at the Juvenile Court Assessment Center in Miami. In 1998, I became licensed as a psychologist in Florida.
In 2000, I began my nursing career and in 2003 I graduated from the Huran School of Nursing with and became licensed as a Registered Nurse. This was a wonderful and rewarding experience that encouraged me to further my nursing education by completing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Florida International University in 2008, and my Masters of Science in Nursing in 2012 at the University of South Alabama. In April, 2013, I became a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP, BC).
My work experience, like my education, has been very broad. I have worked in many positions as a psychologist, including a court psychologist, a therapist in both profit, not for profit organizations, and hospital settings, a clinical director and I have had my own private practice for almost fifteen years. As a nurse, I have worked in the areas of admissions, utilization review, employee health, infection control, and management. I have worked as a nurse in detox facilities, inpatient psychiatric settings, and on in settings for individuals with both addiction and mental illness.