I was born and raised in Canada (Windsor, Ontario) and earned my BScN at the University of Windsor, MS at the University of Illinois at Chicago (both a MS in Perinatal Nursing and MS in Nurse-Midwifery), and my PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am the first midwife to be certified in acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (now known as Acupuncture Canada). My area of expertise is integrative healthcare and complementary therapies in pregnancy and women’s reproductive healthcare. My doctoral work was in this area, specifically focusing on acupressure and acupuncture. I was a faculty scholar in Integrative Healthcare while a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In June 2016 I completed two postdoctoral trainings/Fellowships: 1) National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare (NCIPH) through the University of Arizona/ Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and 2) Health Leader Fellowship at the Ecology Center in Detroit, Michigan (toxins, climate change, and sustainable food systems).
I have worked as a Registered Nurse at Toronto General Hospital in orthopaedic surgery and then thoracic surgery (we actually did the first double lung transplant in the World!). I decided my career home was not in surgery --and found my passion with labor and birth and worked as an L&D nurse at Hutzel Women's Hospital, Detroit Medical Center (Detroit, Michigan), Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (San Jose, California) as a traveling nurse before I returned to graduate school.
I have worked as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and assisted women and families in all birth sites (home (Chicago Community Midwives, Chicago, IL), free-standing birth center (FBC) (Birth and Women’s Health Center, Tucson, AZ), in hospital Alternative Birth Center (ABC) (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL), and in hospital labor units (Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Detroit, MI; Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ; Advocate Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL) and when I was at the University of Michigan as a Clinical Assistant Professor I created a unique clinic which was the first Integrative Healthcare, Complementary Therapies clinic for Pregnancy and Reproductive Women's Health through their Nurse Managed Center.
I am involved in many community groups focused on maternal child health in my local and regional area.