My first job in medicine was working as a medical assistant at the Saint George Medical Clinic with physicians Renee Samelson and Woody Jones, and midwife, Carol Gaines. I accompanied them on patient home visits, assisted with acupuncture treatments and attended home deliveries. Renee and Woody integrated nutritional counseling, supplements and patient education into every day practice, with a patient centered, affordable, common sense approach. They modeled integrative medicine before it had a name.
I went on to get my nursing degree from Davis and Elkins College, a bachelor’s degree at West Virginia University and master's degree in Nursing at Yale University.
While in graduate school I worked as a home health nurse in New Haven, Connecticut before returning as a family nurse practitioner to the St. George Medical Clinic.
I then worked with Dr. Sam Roberts in private practice in Elkins. And then spent 16 years working for the WVU Department of Medicine Section of nephrology in Elkins, caring for patients with chronic kidney disease. In 2017 I decided to leave WVU to spend more time with my aging parents and on my farm.
Friends and former patients continued to call seeking medical advice prompting me to set up my own practice where I can draw on my cumulative studies in nutrition, herbs and natural healing. I believe in collaboration, and work closely with yoga therapists, massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, physicians and acupuncturists for my own healing and when treating patients.