I am an Bay Area Native, born at the old Providence Hospital right here on "Pill Hill". When I was 18 years old I meet an RN named Betsy. She worked nights and I was her baby sitter. 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 Dept for the next 15 year. About a year after getting my RN license I went to a conference in Washington DC organized by the ANA. There was a little table in the front area with red shirts that said, "Capitized on Heath See a Nurse Practition". I did not know what that was but I knew I was going to sign on. I graduated from Sonoma State University is 1985 with an MSN FNP. I have worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Methadone Treatment, primary HIV care and Dual Diagnosis. The over arching theme of my career is 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 monoligual 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 provied 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
Health Promotion Disease Prevention
Advanced Health Assessment
Primary Health Care I
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.
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
Chair of the Nu Xi Philanthropy Committee Sept 2015