Who am I?

My core values are fairness and making a difference. When I see a problem, I feel compelled to do something about it rather than just throwing up my hands or complaining. When I see someone being mistreated, I feel compelled to stand up for them. I am deeply curious. I rely heavily on research to help guide my decisions on which tests and treatments have been shown to work best for the problems my patients face and I will bring that same approach to decision making in elected office.

I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. I attended college and graduate school in Missouri and Kansas and then returned to Georgia for my first job in my field. I moved back to the Midwest for a few years before returning to Georgia over a decade ago, first living in Dublin and then settling in Gwinnett County. I chose Gwinnett because of the excellent schools, diverse population, great job opportunities, and reasonable home prices.

I’m a wife and mother of two – my older child is in college and my younger child is in high school. I have been a speech-language pathologist for 22 years and have worked with people of all ages – my youngest patient was 6 months old and my eldest was 104. I have spent most of my career working in skilled nursing facilities – what you probably think of as “nursing homes.” I have also worked in public schools, hospitals, inpatient rehab (IRF), and home health. I have always loved helping people have the best possible quality of life at any age. 

I now work for a company where I have the privilege of helping hundreds of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists across the country provide excellent services to our thousands of patients and residents while following the rules in a complex regulatory environment.  

My other loves are my pets and my volunteer work. My family has two dogs and three cats of our own and we foster and transport dogs for a nonprofit that helps people and pets escape domestic violence together.  We also enjoy volunteering with a local nonprofit that provides showers, haircuts, clothing, meals, and so much more to people who are experiencing homelessness. 

 

Who am I?

I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. I attended college and graduate school in Missouri and Kansas and then returned to Georgia for my first job in my field. I moved back to the Midwest for a few years before returning to Georgia over a decade ago, first living in Dublin and then settling in Gwinnett County. I chose Gwinnett because of the excellent schools, diverse population, great job opportunities, and reasonable home prices.

I’m a wife and mother of two – my older child is in college and my younger child is in high school. I have been a speech-language pathologist for 22 years and have worked with people of all ages – my youngest patient was 6 months old and my eldest was 104. I have spent most of my career working with patients and residents in skilled nursing facilities – what you probably think of as “nursing homes.” I have also worked in public schools, hospitals, and home health. I have always loved helping people have the best possible quality of life at any age. My other loves are my pets. My family has two dogs and three cats of our own, and we also foster dogs for a nonprofit.

My core values are fairness and making a difference. When I see a problem, I feel compelled to do something about it rather than just throwing up my hands or complaining. When I see someone being mistreated, I feel compelled to stand up for them. I am deeply curious. You might not think of speech-language pathology as being a scientific field but it is. I rely heavily on research to help guide my decisions on which tests and treatments have been shown to work best for the problems my patients face.