I was born in Sonora, Mexico and I grew up in Nogales, Arizona where I graduated from Nogales High School in 1984. Received a scholarship from NAU and earned a degree in Psychology in 1988 and a BSN in Nursing in 1990. I then moved to Phoenix where I lived for a year and worked at St Joseph's Hospital in the medical unit as an RN. I later moved to Nogales and headed the Prenatal program at the Mariposa Clinic in Nogales, Arizona for a couple of years. I later moved to Tucson and was hired as a nurse supervisor in the Medical Surgical unit at Kino Hospital. It was then I realized I needed to pursue a Degree in a Master's of Nursing and become an FNP. I did not complete that until December 2004 while working at the Bone Marrow transplant clinic at UMC.
After my Masters/FNP I went to work for a Privately owned clinic/urgent car for 6 months. The highly stressful environment was too much and I decided to apply at Arizona Medical Services where I have been in family Practice since 2005. I love the autonomy and freedom I have and the ability to give back to the Universities by precepting and educating future FNP's.
In 2015 I embarked in A Leadership and Management Fellowship at Duke Unversity through a grant from Johnson an Johnson and graduated in 2016. I deveoped a curriculum /guideline to improve diabetic patients quality measures and was the springboard for my pursuit for my DNP. In 2017 I started my DNP at ASU in the College of Innovation and Leadership. I plan to graduate May of 2021 with a DNP in Innovation and Leadership and a Cerificate of Teaching and will be taking a certification test through the NLN.