After earning a BSN and MSN from Colorado State University and University of Southern Colorado, I entered the workforce as a registered nurse and eventually as a nurse practitioner. My bedside nursing career as a BSN prepared nurse consisted of working primarily in cardiac care. I am a self-proclaimed workaholic, so throughout the 20 years in the hospital setting, I have done everything from hemodialysis to home care but primarily cardiac care. Cardiac care included work in the cardiac catheterization department to the cardiac stepdown unit and eventually cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). I proudly finished my bedside nursing career working with over 10 years of experience in the CICU, taking care of open-heart patients, ventilated patients and critical care patients in general. I can honestly say that this discipline is my first love as I will always miss it.
During my bedside nursing days and with the help of my hospital connections, I was chosen to participate in two medical mission trips, one in the Philippines and one in St Vincent of the Grenadines. Shortly after finishing my last medical mission, I took the leap into my master’s degree.
A registered nurse (RN) has immense power to help in the medical mission realm but in comparison, NPs can be extremely influential on a different level. Working as a provider performing minor procedures and treating the primary care patient has immense impact on the needs of the people seeking care in these third world countries. Knowing I could offer more as an NP helped launched me into my master’s journey.
Once finishing my master’s degree, I entered the provider workforce landing my dream job. I was given the opportunity to do hospital medicine, see clients in the office and in the nursing home facilities of Pueblo with an internal medicine practice. Due to changes in family life, I eventually relocated to Denver, which enabled me to be closer to my family and grandchildren. This move allowed me to gain expertise in the areas of geriatric medicine, weight loss and urgent care. I then decided to take all of my educational and professional experiences from different settings within the field of medicine to start my own private practice.
I started my own private primary care practice in 2016. My business model differs vastly from the typical primary care practice; the intimate and personal touches I have chosen to integrate into my thought processes and routines as a provider with my patients is unique. In the world of primary care that promotes seeing 20-30 patients a day per provider, I see at the most, 8-10 patients a day, allowing me to spend more one-on-one time with each patient. I also have integrated hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and sexual health to my plethora of available services.
In addition, I was especially excited to receive training from a master injector with Allergan to provide for my patients injectable neurotoxins and gel fillers. I carried this training into my own practice and eventually was offered a lead instructor position with a privately owned aesthetic education company, Aesthetic Medical Education Training Company (AMET). I gladly pursued the position and now travel throughout the country instructing providers on neurotoxin and filler application and techniques on a part-time basis in addition to taking care of my patient population.
The field of medical aesthetics has become such a significant and extremely satisfying aspect of my professional life; thus, I decided to branch out in this field by recently accepting a position as Medical Director for Invigorate Advanced Esthetics. Being a part of this venture with Robyn is especially exciting to me knowing that as a part of the Invigorate Advances Esthetics team, I will continue to expand my knowledge of new and cutting-edge procedures in the aesthetics world. Robyn is an energic, motivated and extremely knowledgeable artist in the field of aesthetics whom I’m honored to work with!
My professional journey has been long and immensely fulfilling. Having been the first college graduate in my family, that motivated me to start this journey, launching a life-long love of learning and growing personally and professionally. I have no intention on slowing down as the disciplines I am involved in have endless possibilities!