- My geographical area of practice is Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia
In 2002, I experienced a life changing medical event that involved a loved one. I was now in the role of a caregiver while going through the adversity of battling my own illness. I found it difficult to provide care without the proper support system or support advocate. Without support, I had to manage navigating the difficult healthcare maze of proper care, insurance claims and benefits which fall under the massive bureaucracy of the Healthcare system.
Because of my personal experiences I now have the tools, knowledge and insight to help others through similar challenging processes. I genuinely understand when patients and their families communicate how they’re struggling to navigate the healthcare maze, along with families being unclear about medical diagnosis/tests, insurance benefits, completing required healthcare forms - all while trying to concentrate on being a great caregiver/advocate for either themselves or a loved one. “I’ve been through the process; this allows me to step-in and provide the tools and insight to help others get through the process as well”.
As I reflect, it’s very clear that my sole purpose in life is to help others. If it’s by helping them navigate the healthcare system or just helping guide people through life-changing events. I want to equip others with the tools and resources to feel empowered, supported, educated, and to feel confident in advocating for themselves or for a love one.
When asked why I chose the career of a patient advocate? My response is and has always been “In the midst of my battle God gave me the strength to overcome.” To that end, surviving all the healthcare obstacles has prepared me to serve a greater purpose of helping others - OVERCOME.