Upon graduation from
Boston College School of Nursing in 1962, I took my first job as a camp nurse near Cape Cod. It was a summer of work, learning,
fun and adventure. Autumn of 1962 marked the beginning of almost 2 years of basic staff nursing in Boston and New Hampshire,
followed by 12 years as a Clinical Instructor in Medical-Surgical nursing. During these years I developed competency as a
clinician and teacher. Psychiatry was always my secret love, and when the road of life forked I knew it was time to
change direction. The University of Rochester in New York became my home base for the two years it took to obtain a Master's
degree in Psychiatric nursing.
Upon completion of my Master's degree
I returned to New England and spent four challenging and fascinating years in an inner city Mental Health Center, working
primarily with chronically mentally ill and homeless patients. It was a job that didn't feel like work.
Then I was hired by the Harvard Community Health plan, New England's largest HMO, as a Psychiatric
nurse practitioner. In my twelve years there I received excellent mentoring and supervision, and gained invaluable experience
as a clinician. I treated hundreds of clients a year, with multiple diagnoses, in all phases of illness. An invaluable facet
of my learning was participation in numerous weekly team meetings, where knowledge abounded and information and ideas freely
1995 I relocated to Marco Island, Florida and joined a group practice in Naples. In 2000 I ventured out into my own practice,
with offices in Marco Island and Naples. I work with adults and occasionally teenagers. My focus is primarily insight-oriented,
and I treat a variety of mental health issues, including mood disorders, grief and loss and post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). I also have special training in marital counseling.