I always wanted to be a nurse. While studying to become a nurse practitioner, I discovered that I really loved family medicine, caring for people of all ages and life stages. I really enjoy getting to know my patients and having a long-term relationship with them so that I can help them with health promotion, and preventive care. I think the patient-care provider relationship should be collaborative. I like to involve patients in their care plan and ask their opinions. It's good to make sure we're on the same page and in agreement about what will work for them. I also enjoy working with young adults for whom I can focus on proactive approaches to healthy lifestyles and disease prevention down the road. I can't imagine myself ever waking up with a desire to do anything else. I love what I do.