I am a Bay Area Native, born at the old Providence Hospital right here on "Pill Hill." When I was 18 years old, I met a RN named Betsy. She worked nights and I was the baby sitter for her children. She introduced me to the idea of nursing and from that moment I was committed to nursing. I graduated from San Francisco State University in 1981 and worked in an east Oakland Emergency Department for the next 15 year. About a year after getting my RN license, I went to a conference in Washington D.C. organized by the ANA. There was a little table in the front area with red shirts that said, "Capitalize on Health: See a Nurse Practitioner." I did not know what a nurse practitioner (NP) was, but I knew I was going to sign on. I graduated from Sonoma State University in 1985 with a MSN/FNP. I have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Methadone Treatment, primary HIV care and Dual Diagnosis. The overarching theme of my career has been working with at risk groups. My clinical practice now is at Brighter Beginnings in Richmond, California where we have a faculty practice. Most of our patients are monolingual Spanish, without papers, and without health insurance. I completed my EdD in 2006 at the University of San Francisco. My dissertation was an interpretive study exploring the puzzle of progress through international development in Southeast Asia. I have been taking FNP students to Southeast Asia for the past 15 years on service and learning tours, providing community or village based free health and education services. I was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Chapter Nu X Humanitarian award in January of 2007 for work with the Burma Project, which has partnered with people in Burma to provide an orphanage, organic fish farm, and a pre-school, along with other services in the village. I also partner with the SMU Podiatry Department in the "Mission at the Border" project to provide podiatry and health screening at the California Mexico border and developed the FNP Podiatry rotation at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
SFSU 1981 BSN
SSU 1985 MSN FNP
USF 2006 EdD
I take FNP students on a service and learning tour each year in Southeast Asia. I also work with the Podiatry Program to provide a screening clinic with Podiatry and FNP students at the California/Mexico border each spring. I am very interested in the future of medicine, particularly as it relates to new cancer treatments and genetics. It is very important that the FNP curriculum is in a constant state of renewal as science and medicine are changing so rapidly. I am involved in a research study at SMU in "Personalized Medicine."
I teach (or have taught) the following courses:
- Health Protection, Promotion, and Screening
- Care of Chronic and Complex Conditions
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Primary Health Care I
- Clinical Practicum
- Professional Role Development for Advanced Practice Nurses
- Family Centered Advanced Practice Nursing
My research background is based on Critical Hermeneutics using an ontologic apporach to do field based research using conversations as data. I am also involved in research looking at how genetics and personalized medicine can be integrated into the FNP curriculum.
Primary Healthcare in Laos: Fragility and Responsibility,publication 2007.
Bridging the Gap in Healthcare: Nurse Practitioner Faculty, FNP Students, and Volunteers Provide Healthcare at the Ritter Center, CANP Connections winter, 2006.
Leadership-in-Common Works Toward Well-Being in a Lao Village: Nurse Practitioners and Educators Promote Project Development, CANP Connections spring, 2006, in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Herda.
Interpreting Healthcare in A Global World: A Project to Take Family Nurse Practitioner Students to Southeast Asia to Work in a Village Setting, presented as a bag lunch lecture at Samuel Merritt University Fall 2006.
International Development as Health Care in a Village Setting: a Particiaptory Medium for Service in Lao PDR. International Nurse Practitioner / Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2006.
Using Cultural Understandings to Reduce the Incidence of Malaria: a Critiques of the International Policy to Rollback Malaria. A presentation at the International Conference for The Society of Applied Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada, March 2006.
Development Practice in Primary Health Care: a Pariciaptory Service Model in Lao. The International Conference on Lao Studies, Dekalb Illinois, May 2005.
Village Health Care in Southeast Asian Village Settings in Burma and Lao. A brown bag presentation at Samuel Merritt University October, 2005.
Developing New Cultural Understandings. A presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Conference, April, 2004 in collaboration with Dr. Nancy Fitzmaurice.
Smoking Cessation: The Bonita House Experience. A seminar presentation at the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies Conference, Spring,2003 in collaboration with Dr. Leslie Taylor.
Intergrating Primary Care in a Dual Diagnosis Treatment Faciltiy. A presentation for the California Association of Social Rehabilition Agencies Conference, Spring, 2002.
Publications Peer Review
The one and the many: economic integration in Southeast Asia. Webster University Conference Interdependence in Southeast Asia, Limits and Opportunities 2013 Bangkok.
A Woman of Merit: building the silk road of Lao PDR through space and time, a paper publication, Thammasat University Press. Bangkok, Thailand, Fall 2012.
Critical hermeneutic inquiry in Lao PDR: International development and the question of progress. A paper/presentation at the Second International Conference on Science and Society, Madrid, Spain 2010.
Fusion of horizon a Syrian and American Conversation. Sufism and Inquiry Summer 2010.
Primary Health Care in Laos: Fragility and Responsibility. The Applied Anthropologist, June 2007.
The power of language in socioeconomic development in Laos, a paper presented at the International Conference Language & Nationhood Discourse Across Cultures and Disciplines, Malaysia May15, 2007.
NP Residency Proposal - in partnership with Alameda County Public Health
NP Residency Proposal –in partnership with East Bay Physicians Group & Sutter Health
Bridging the gap in healthcare: nurse practitioner faculty, students, and volunteers provide primary healthcare at the Ritter Health Center, CANP Connections, Winter 2007.
Nurse practitioners bring voice to a Burma project: development practice through primary healthcare: Southeast Asian hill tribes, CANP Connections, Winter 2003.
Leadership-in-common works toward wellbeing in a Lao village: nurse practitioners and educators promote project development, CANP Connections Spring 2004.
Southeast Asia development praxis, a newsletter for The Windhorse Foundation March 2005.
Grants and Awards
2014 Teaching with Technology Using Shadow Health in a FNP program for advanced health assessment.
2014 Evaluation of patient satisfaction in a family nurse practitioner, student-faculty collaborative practice: an indicator of quality care.
Scott Beamer Community Service Award, Davis St Primary Care Pap Smear Initiative, 2013.
Scott Beamer Community Service Award, FNP Post-Graduate Residency Project, 2013
Scott Beamer Community Service Award Creating a Model for Interdisciplinary Service A Next Step for the Himalayan Healthcare Project, 2011.
Scott Beamer Community Service Award Creating a Model for Interdisciplinary Service A Next Step for the Himalayan Healthcare Project, 2010.
Scott Beamer Community Service Award, The Himalayan healthcare project, Samuel Merritt University 2009.
Multi-FACET: Comprehensive Perinatal Services. Published by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (grant #1671), June 1995.
The one and the many: economic integration in Southeast Asia, a podium presentation at Webster University Conference Interdependence in Southeast Asia, Limits and Opportunities 2013 Bangkok.
Creating mutually beneficial international student learning experiences and faculty exchanges, a podium presentation at the 7th International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Network Conference London, England, August 2012.
A Woman of merit: building the silk road of Lao PDR through space and time, a paper presentation at the ICIRD Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, May, 2011.
Critical hermeneutic inquiry in Lao PDR: International development and the question of progress, Madrid Spain November 2010.
Traditions and new ways of learning among the Akha and Lahu: re-interpreting malaria prevention, The UNESCO International Conference, Language Education and the Millennium Development Goals, Bangkok, Thailand, November, 2010.
Power, language, and identity in socioeconomic development in Laos, a presentation at the conference for the Applied Anthropologist, Malaysia, May 2007. Abstract and Podium Presentation
Using cultural understandings to reduce the incidence of malaria: a critique of the international policy to rollback malaria. A presentation at the International Conference for The Society for Applied Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada, March 2006. Abstract and Podium Presentation
International development as healthcare in a village setting: a participatory medium for service in Laos, presented at the International Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Practice Nursing Conference, Johannesburg South Africa, June 2006. Abstract and Podium Presentation.
San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Out Reach Program for the Homeless. A poster presentation of street based services at the Seventh International Conference on AIDS, Florence, Italy, 1991. Abstract and Poster Presentation.
Traversing Interprofessional Education: Family Nurse Practitioners and Podiatry Students Learn Together, National Academies of Practice Conference, Pittsburg, Penn 2013.
Experiences in inter-professional education: Family Nurse Practitioners and Doctor of Podiatry students engage joint teaching /learning methodologies at Samuel Merritt University, a podium presentation at the National organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Conference, Charleston North Carolina, April 2012.
A Global healthcare ethic. setting up international experiences in NP education, a pre-conference workshop at NONPF, Albuquerque New Mexico, April 2011.
Creating learning opportunities for nurse practitioner students as a medium for Education and Service, a presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, Louisville, Kentucky, 2008.
Development practice in primary healthcare: a participatory service model in Laos, a presentations at the International Conference on Lao Studies, DeKalb Illinois, May 2005. Abstract and Podium Presentation.
Developing new cultural understandings, a presentation at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Conference, April 2004. Abstract and Podium Presentation.
The Right Dose, a presentation/ workshop at the American Methadone Association Conference, 1998. Abstract and Podium Presentation.
State and Local Presentations
Going online: FNP faculty and Synergis create a curriculum for distance learning, a podium presentation for the spring symposium2015, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA.
Five years at the border, a poster presentation at the Samuel Merritt University spring symposium, 5/2014.
Educating FNP students in the primary care of cancer survivors, a podium presentation, Samuel Merritt University 2014 spring symposium.
Interdisciplinary teaching and learning through service: Podiatry and Family Nurse Practitioners team-up to provide healthcare services at the Mexico/California border, a podium presentation at the Samuel Merritt University Spring Science Symposium, May 2013.
Update: DPM & FNP medical mission at the border, a bag lunch presentation at Samuel Merritt University fall 2012.
Inter-professional Practice: Podiatry and FNP provide primary care at the California Mexico Border, presentation at Samuel Merritt University, Fall 2011.
Tools and Tips: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. A Podium Presentation at Samuel Merritt University, May 2010.
Voices from the Countries of the Himalaya October 2009. A podium presentation at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, Ca
Exploring Global Citizenship. A podium presentation, Samuel Merritt University for the California Association of Nurse Practitioners September 2009, Oakland, Ca.
Critical Hermeneutics: a medium for scientific inquiry exploring fragility and responsibility. A lecture presentation at the University of San Francisco, June 2009.
The Himalayan Healthcare Project May 2009. A podium presentation at the Samuel Merritt University Faculty Development Conference, Oakland, Ca.
Interpreting Healthcare in a Global World: FNP Students Travel to Laos as a Medium for Service and Learning, January, 2009 a podium presentation at Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, Ca.
Interpreting healthcare in Laos, FNP program of service, a podium presentation at Sigma Theta Tau, Sept 2008 Oakland, California, 2008.
Interpreting healthcare in a global world: nurse practitioner students and faculty travel to Southeast Asia, a Brown Bag presentation for Samuel Merritt College, Oakland and Sacramento, September 2006.
Interpreting the aporia of development as a community on the way: the voice of experience in Lao PDR, a presentation for faculty development day at Samuel Merritt College, May 2006.
Village healthcare in a Southeast Asian village setting in Burma and Lao. a Brown Bag Presentation at Samuel Merritt College October, 2005.
Interpreting nursing research in the hermeneutic tradition. A presentation at the Kaiser Hospital / Samuel Merritt College Research in Nursing Conference, April 2004. Abstract and podium presentation.
Smoking cessation: the Bonita House experience, a seminar at The California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies Conference, spring, and 2003. Abstract and podium presentation.
Integrating primary care in a dual diagnosis treatment facility, a presentation at The California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies conference, spring 2002. Abstract and podium presentation
Methadone treatment and the family nurse practitioner, a seminar for faculty at Samuel Merritt College June 2001.
Trends in prenatal substance abuse, a lecture for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, 2000. Invited presentation.
Methadone maintenance, a presentation for professional staff at the Department for Child Protective Services San Francisco, Ca., 1998. Invited Presentation.
Improving collaborative care between mental health and substance abuse providers. Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment and San Francisco Department of Mental Health Services, a joint Staff In-service, San Francisco, California, 1997. Invited Presentation.
Prenatal methadone treatment and maternal child health services, a seminar for the Board of Directors, Maternal and Child Health Services, San Francisco, California, 1995. Invited presentation
Care of the intravenous drug users with HIV/AIDS, a lecture for nurse practitioner staff at the University of California San Francisco Ambulatory Care Center, San Francisco, California, 1991. Invited presentation.
Primary care for homeless people with AIDS, a seminar for medical students at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, California, 1990. Invited presentation.
The nurses approach to the intravenous drug user, an educational forum for staff at the University of California at San Francisco Ambulatory Care Center, 1990. Invited presentation.
Methadone: what works and what does not work in treatment, a seminar for Bay Area Addiction Research staff, San Francisco, California, 1990. Invited presentation.
I serve on the following professional organizations:
- Chair of the Nu Xi Philanthropy Committee Sept 2015
- California Nurse Practitioner Association, regional representive, chapter vice president, CANP region 8 delegate 2007.
- President Lanna Kingdom Development Projects
- Memeber Signa Theta Tau Nu X
- Liaison for CANP Region 8 for Samuel Merritt University