Raised by a single mom, I was encouraged to follow my interests wherever they led. From dreams of flying to becoming a musician, I focused my early efforts on science. As a teenager, I volunteered for the Humane Society and fostered many animals. From that experience, I decided to pursue Veterinary Medicine. However, after seeing the treatment of farm animals and doing animal research in class, I chose to abandon that path. I could not face the ethical dilemma. So, I became a vegetarian and ultimately dropped out of school for two years while I found another path.
When I returned to school, it was to pursue nursing as a career. I completed my bachelors degree in nursing and worked in the ICU . Eventually, I earned my Master’s degree in science/anesthesia from The Ravenswood Hospital School of Anesthesia.
After the birth of my son, I began exploring the impact of life-style and nutrition on overall health and well-being. Plagued with migraines most of my life, I found relief with a non-vegetarian, ketogenic diet, exercise and a structured sleep schedule.
Later, in an effort to manage a series of emotionally painful events, I began the practice of yoga and meditation. Through meditation and spiritual guidance, I found “the stillness” and saw a new way to look at life and living. This new perspective helped me to see and later live a life that I otherwise would have never known.
I am a nurse anesthetist practicing in the Chicagoland area. When I am not working, I can be found in my garden, my airplane hangar or up in the air, striving to live well by learning, growing and being a good friend, wife and mom.