I was born and raised in a small midwestern town, Nichols, WI and graduated from a small private college with a bachelors degree in business administration and public relations. Ten years later I found my true calling in the field of psychology, returned to college at the University of Wisconsin Madison to complete my masters degree in counseling education and counseling psychology and began working in the profession. I relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1994, and started my career as a psychometrist and therapist for the geriatric population in the Sun City area. In 2002 I returned to school one last time to earn a doctorate degree in counseling psychology. During the 6 years that I was in the doctoral program, I held positions in the community behavioral health system working with the high risk populations with serious mental illness. I transitioned into working with at risk youth in the school system and completed my dissertation research with this population. My research focused on the youth with intense mood disorders and those on the autism spectrum. I wrote a psychosocial therapeutic program for this group of youth to enhance self esteem, lower their negative behaviors and improve their social skills. This research was published in 2010 in the American Counseling Association publication VISTAS.
In 2008 I graduated with my EdD in counseling psychology with a license in professional counseling. I worked as a supervisor in the community behavioral health agency realm and maintained a private practice until 2011. A love of sharing my profession with the next generation led me to a position of Clinical Director of a Master of Science in Counseling Program at University of Phoenix overseeing their counseling skills center, community internship sites and the students in their clinical rotations. Nothing is as fulfilling as helping a person find their happiness, therefore in 2014 I joined Renaissance Medical Group as the Behavioral Health Specialist. I continue to teach as a core faculty member in the MSC program, advise students and supervise interns. I am President of the Arizona Counseling Association, a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counseling Educators and Supervisors. I am an active community member, Phoenix zoo volunteer, wife and mother of 5 children.