- In the helping profession since 1963
- Registered nurse: RN427621
- Licensed marriage and family therapist (California license MFT37218)
- California Family Development Credential: #617-121903
- Trained in Keys to Caregiving and Nursing Child Assessment; Feeding Scale and Nursing Child Assessment Teaching Scale; trained in the Denver II Developmental Assessment.
- Accomplished trainer: Certified as a Healthy Families America Family Support Worker Trainer; Healthy Families America “Great Beginnings Start Before Birth” trainer; and Healthy Families America Supervisor trainer.
- Also trained as a lactation counselor/educator and as a doula.
All of my life I have worked in the helping field. After graduation from D’Youville College in Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1971, I worked as a public health nurse in Niagara County, New York. I was in charge of our well baby clinic, the orthopedic clinic, and a caseload that contained city residents throughout the life span. I really enjoyed being able to work with the mothers and infants, as well as the elderly.
After the birth of my first child I worked as a clinical instructor for a community college for a short time. I also served as a volunteer lay lactation counselor for 18 years, and in that capacity ran support groups and made home visits with nursing mothers. I also took on several administrative positions, coordinated conferences, and served as a medical editorial advisor.
When my daughter entered college I worked for a short time in the special education office of a local school district, and my interest in psychology was rekindled.
I began my master’s degree studies, and worked as a “Special Friend” in the school district. I performed nondirective play therapy with elementary school children and also ran groups for children with behavior issues in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades. This was very meaningful work and helped me to know that I was finally in the profession where I was meant to be.
After getting my master’s, I worked in a domestic violence treatment center, ran anger-management groups for wards at the Sacramento County Boys Ranch, and was coordinator of a counseling center at a foster family agency. I also was supervisor, program manager and trainer for a home visiting parent-support program.
When offered the opportunity to work with the families and children at the Fair Oaks Therapeuticum, I couldn’t resist. I enjoy working with children and families and find relationship-based work to be very rewarding.
On a personal note, between my husband and myself we have seven children, born between 1973 and 1989. I love cooking and holding family gatherings and attend several family reunions each summer. I love history, working on genealogy, searching for antiques and renovating the 1905 Victorian house my husband and I purchased as a vacation home. I also love antique cars and am very active in the Sacramento Region Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. We recently purchased a 1934 Fairchild airplane, which my husband plans to restore while we take flying lessons. I also read history books and light mysteries for enjoyment. My love of history, family and anything old demonstrates a value of family, the joy of life’s pleasures and life itself.