My career path has taking me from serving as a Refugee/Asylum officer that has interviewed vulnerable populations in need of protection to investigating allegations of abuse/neglect of children. However, my preferred passion is working with vulnerable populations in healthcare. I find tremendous satisfaction in making effective and positive impacts in the health outcomes of every individual that I am privileged to serve.
I was born and raised in the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and obtained a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling. Over the past three years, I have worked in acute inpatient and outpatient settings with children and adolescents and their families. The opportunity to serve and advocate for my patients is what consistently drives my passion for health care, especially in the area of mental health.
I am a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and completed my Master of Public Health degree at George Washington University. I found my passion for health education through my own type 1 diabetes diagnosis. Previously, I led health education and screening programs focused on helping patients manage their blood sugar, blood pressure, and BMI. I enjoy developing relationships with patients and supporting them overcoming large obstacles through small, tangible steps. Outside of work, I enjoy completing DIY projects and cheering on the Washington Nationals.
I am originally from Hawaii but have lived in many states as a result of being in a military family. I have lived in North Carolina since 1995. I obtained my BS in Human Resources from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and my MS in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Nebraska. I was a collegiate athlete and love all types of sports. My career has spanned the healthcare field for over 25 years in fitness, wellness, health coaching, and health promotion. I love helping others become their best selves. I am a creative in paint and fiber arts and teach art classes in Chatham County. I am also a volunteer proofreader for a large women’s organization out of Charlotte. I believe we become whole by addressing our spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, vocational, financial, and environmental needs.
I was born and raised in Durham NC, but have resided in Covington GA, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. I graduated from North Carolina Central University (Eagle Pride…. AMPLIFIED), where I received my BS in Behavioral Health and Social Science. I am also a registered medical assistant. I started with Duke Health in December 2015 working in orthopedics and OB/Gyn. It’s my passion to help others be proactive in living a healthy and safe lifestyle. I am a true advocate for my patients, my family, and my peers and will be the voice for the voiceless. I firmly believe that our past does not define us, nor does it determine our future. Our past give us substance, purpose, and makes us stronger for who we are today. In my personal time, I enjoy fishing, 4wheeling, working out, traveling, attending concerts/shows, fashion, and spending time with my kids.
I am a North Carolina native with several years of experience assisting people with connecting to healthcare and other community resources. I enjoy this work and serve to make a difference.
I am from Brooklyn, New York. I relocated to work for Duke-TIP in January 2020. Due to COVID and the restructuring of Duke TIP, my career path led me to Duke Health. I have a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and a long history of supporting providers and patients. I love being able to assist providers in their care for patients and helping patients care for their loved ones and themselves.
I have spent the last two years working in mental health, and I am now in the process of earning my Masters of Public Health. Someday, I hope to make a difference in the health equity field. I have always known I wanted to help others, finding anything that could help them maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle, so I enjoy that I get to do what I love.
I am a Greensboro native and a graduate of UNC Greensboro, where I received my BS in Nutrition and Health Coach certification. I am pursuing a Master’s of Public Health Nutrition at Appalachian State University. Prior to joining DukeWELL, I spent six years with NC State University, providing nutrition education programs and leading health initiatives to youth and adults across the Triad. I enjoy building relationships with patients and helping them break down complex needs into small, tangible steps towards their healthcare goals! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, playing competitive kickball, and paddle boarding on the lake.