How I Can Help
I spend an incredible amount of time thinking about how the body works - it's my passion. For as long as I can remember I've had to know the HOW behind body functions. I pursued that end throughout school and my career, and with a PhD in Pathology, I now have the expertise to support my passion. I am well versed in normal physiology and pathophysiology, or how a body normally works and how it becomes diseased. I'm not an expert in every system, but I am quite adept at research and will not stop until an answer is found. I have extensive knowledge of reproduction and infertility from working 13 years in that field. Next, I know more than the average physician about autonomic dysfunction, including Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Pure Autonomic Failure, and Multiple System Atrophy, having run a research lab in that field for 8 years in the Vanderbilt Autonomic Dysfunction Center. Finally, 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry allowed me to discuss the treatment and management of Type II Diabetes with the best physicians and researchers in my region; from primary care physicians all the way to department chairpersons. And many of them are colleagues I can call on in time of need for my client.
All that together has given me the confidence to approach most any disease with curiosity and a desire to find solutions for people's illness. In my current role as a Patient Advocate, I have served many types of clients including those with terminal cancer (pancreatic, colon, lung), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, undiagnosed symptoms, and common diseases of aging.
Perhaps my favorite clients, however, have become the elderly. I absolutely love serving those who came before us, helping them manage their healthcare by accompanying them to the doctor or hospital, finding assisted living or rehab facilities, and managing their medications. Our mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, who worked a lifetime accumulated a vast body of knowledge and I am happy to learn about life through their experiences. I am honored to care for the elderly.
Important Information About Me
- I offer a FREE Initial Consultation
- I offer TeleAdvocacy Service
- I am insured
- My geographical area of practice is Tucson Arizona, National
Why I Became A Professional Health Care Advocate
I worked in healthcare for 40+ years at the lab bench and alongside clinicians in academia and the pharmaceutical industry. After my last job ended, I searched and searched for a way to truly serve patients, not from a distance, but personally. My first idea was to advocate for reproductive rights but that field didn’t seem to need my qualifications. Patient Advocacy kept popping up in my internet searches, but I’d never heard of such a profession, and I was intrigued. Once discovering the multitude of ways an advocate can affect positive change in a patient’s life had me convinced – that was my new calling! I took courses to become a Board Certified Patient Advocate and started my own business, Stepwise Patient Advocacy, in 2022. I’ve never regretted my decision. I love my clients!