St. Louis, Missouri
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 at age 47. Following my diagnosis, I had to retire from my career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist because of the challenges Parkinson’s presented when performing my job. My unexpected early retirement opened the door for me to follow my passion to help others overcome challenges in their own lives.
No stranger to overcoming adversity, I maintain longstanding sobriety after overcoming drug and alcohol addiction many years ago. My own recovery experience set me on a path to become a peer advisor to other medical professionals experiencing similar life challenges.
I now spend time helping physicians and nurses who struggle with substance abuse. I’m an active public speaker with the Missouri Physician Health Program and the Missouri State Medical Association, where I speak to groups of physicians about overcoming trauma and adversity and recovering from substance abuse within the medical profession. I also started New Directions Coaching, where I mentor physicians and nurses who battle addiction, alcoholism, and other disorders.
I hope to bring this same passion for living well in my recovery to living well with Parkinson’s. I thrive when helping others embrace this philosophy. Most recently, I have begun coaching people with Parkinson’s to improve their lives as they navigate living with chronic illness. I also formed and lead a YOPD support group for the St. Louis Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.