Can you share a bit about your background and how you became involved in this specialty?
I have been a registered nurse since 2009 with background in emergency medicine and vascular access. During my clinicals for my MSN (nurse practitioner degree) I was able to spend a few months working with Teri, the nurse practitioner for bariatric surgery. It was really rewarding to see people achieve great results through the groups, and the types of relationships that were established between the providers and their patients. So when a job opportunity become available fall of 2019 it was an easy decision to join this team.
What has been the most rewarding part of working at the Weight Loss Center?
The most rewarding part of working at the Weight Loss Center is seeing people succeed and knowing that you played a part in their success. The bariatric surgery pathway can be a very emotional process for some, and being able to be there to help work through those issues is one of the best parts of the job.
What tips can you offer our patients that have helped you keep up with healthy habits?
The biggest tips that I have for patients are to be consistent and to never give up. I struggled with my weight after children, but once I made the decision that it needed to happen, I did it. It took getting up at 4:30 a.m. to workout 6 to 7 days per week before work and countless hours of meal planning. Eventually I was able to add in a cheat day now and then, but overall the eating and exercise habits I created 4 to 5 years ago has helped me to maintain a healthy weight. It can take months to create those habits, don't ever give up!
Share with us some of your hobbies/interests.
My hobbies and interests include spending time with family and friends. I live in Sodus with my boyfriend and my two children. We spend a lot of time on the water kayaking or fishing. I enjoy CrossFit and we have a great community of people who are always getting together for activities and events. Other hobbies include cooking, visiting local breweries, and golf.
Is there anything else you wish patients knew?
The final thing I would like our patients to know is that all we want is for you is to succeed, and we are here to help you whenever you need us!