It is an honor to be part of the Bright Futures Psychiatry team that shares my values around integrated, person-centered care with a team-based approach. I was born and raised in Montana but have lived in the Pikes Peak region since 1987. The mountains and flowing streams are my healing space. I currently live in Teller County and have 2 grown sons. I have been active in the nursing profession for over 34 years in various healthcare settings including women’s health, home care and hospice, inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use, public health, health coaching, and others. I consider the work I do as a calling and the opportunity to apply Florence Nightingale’s art of caring in practice.

From early on in my career, the importance of incorporating a focus on the whole person and all the different influences that impact our lives has been what I have strived for. About 5 years ago, I was impressed to further pursue my passion around mental health care which was primarily driven by the gap in psychiatric services available, especially in the rural Colorado mountains where I live. That started my journey towards obtaining my PMHNP degree from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, so I could be part of the solution to fill that gap. Along the way, my vision and philosophy expanded even more to also addressing the social influences on our health, cultural humility, and the impact of trauma in our lives. The importance of a wellness and recovery mindset to addressing the challenges we face was better defined for me. Assisting others in identifying their own hope, values, goals, resiliency, and empowerment is my aim.

I coined my own practice philosophy as ‘integrated connectivity’. We are often disconnected in our current society and I feel that incorporating the development of meaningful connections for an individual should be a key part of my practice. Modeling mindfulness and practicing with intention I believe will assist us all in our journey of self-discovery and wellness.

Graduate Education:

  • MSN, PMHNP-BC from CUAnschutz Medical Campus. Graduation December 2019

Undergraduate Education:

  • RN, BSN from Montana State University. Graduation June 1987.


  • PMHNP-BC work ViewPoints Psychotherapy, LLC (Merged into LifeStance February 2021) June 2020-June 2021
  • Regional Health Connector July 2016 - March 2021
  • CCHA and Community Health Partnership - Integrating physical health with behavioral health Prior Inpatient Psychiatric Care at Cedar Springs Hospital 1990-1994, Hospice
  • LTC with comorbid SUD
  • Founded a non-profit Pastoral Parish Nurse and counseling, Public Health Family Planning and women's health

Special Achievements/Awards:

  • Teller County Volunteer Award during COVID19 for Behavioral Health Outreach-2020
  • Founder's Award with Peer Assistance Services for Substance Use prevention and screening work across Colorado
  • Nursing Fellowship from the Colorado Center of Nursing Excellence and the Colorado Health Foundation to get my PMHNP degree and serve Rural Colorado.

Special Interests:

  • Volunteer with transitional housing and domestic violence center in Teller County
  • Volunteer with Teller County Mental Health Alliance
  • Outdoor activities of hiking, fishing, and camping
  • Reading