Driven by a deep desire to help people live a healthy life, I dreamed of being a physician from my early childhood. I grew up in a small rural town in western New York where our family doctor was part of the fabric of our daily lives. We went to school with his children, sang with his family at church, and saw them at neighborhood parties. Going to his office was never scary — the receptionist was my friend’s mom and the nurse was his wife. He always took his time with us, listened closely, answered all our questions, and did his best to take care of us. That image became the foundation of my current medical practice.
Fast forward many years and in 2002, I moved to Connecticut to continue my medical training in Middletown and get married. Since then, I have lived in Shelton and Monroe for nearly 20 years. My very supportive husband, Dave, and I have built a wonderful life here — with 2 kids, 2 dogs, a cat, a flock of chickens and a huge garden, to boot.
I have practiced medicine in a wide variety of settings — from hospitals to community health centers. However, my passion lies in running my own small office for the last 12 years, first in Trumbull, and now in Monroe. Here, I am able to create the relationships with my patients that I value so much, and the kind that were so important in that little town where I grew up.
Changes in healthcare have made it difficult for physicians to provide the high quality, individualized care every person deserves. Demands from insurance companies and regulatory agencies have “chipped away” at face-to-face time between a patient and her physician. This current model is not sustainable over the long term for so many reasons. To regain control from these outside forces, I have redesigned my primary care practice to be based on a direct care membership model (Osteopathic treatment and Acupuncture services are still available to non-members).
As always, my focus will be my relationship with you, my patient, but now without third party interference. This change enables me to provide the best possible medical care to you, to spend time with every patient, and truly get to know them.
Together, we will determine the best approach to your personal concerns. I am truly blessed and look forward to seeing you soon at Balance Family Medicine!
- Integrative Family Medicine Program/Fellowship in Integrative Medicine – University of Arizona
- Residency in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO) New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Undergraduate studies: Cornell and Columbia Universities