I started my career in mental health as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional for the ARC of Walker County, upon completion of my Bachelors of Sociology degree from UAB. I realized I enjoy working in a more hands-on role, so I obtained an associate’s degree in Nursing in 2004. Upon graduating, I began working as the Nurse manager of the behavioral medicine unit at Walker Baptist Medical Center. After about 10 years in that role, I became Director of Mental Health at Walker which entailed managing a geriatric outpatient unit as well as a medical detox unit. Although I enjoyed serving my community,
I most enjoy direct patient care. I took a position in the psychiatric market float pool which allowed me to work on a variety of units at several different facilities. This new job allowed the time I needed to enroll in The University of South Alabama to obtain my masters in psychiatric community mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated in December 2021.
I now work at Brookwood Medical Center with adult and geriatric populations. I also see outpatient clients at Cooper Green.