Director, Patient Services
Orange County Department of Health
What made you choose New York Medical College?
The offering of the M.P.H. in an accredited, academic setting within traveling distance from home and work made NYMC very attractive to me.
What is your fondest memory of New York Medical College?
My fondest memory was completing my thesis. The commencement ceremony at the beautiful Carnegie Hall was also very memorable!
What is your current professional role/position and what are some highlights of your career track?
I am Director of Patient Services at Orange County Department of Health, where I have worked since 1993. Beginning my career as a public health nurse, I advanced to a role as a supervising public health nurse and then to director of patient services. In my current role, I manage both public health and home healthcare programs and services, along with the WIC, Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program.
Since the completion of my graduate education at NYMC, I have continued to seek learning opportunities, completing board certification as an asthma educator, with the goal to reduce asthma- related hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and by providing community and patient education to control asthma symptoms.
In addition, I have completed a board certification in infection prevention and control, which is a valuable tool in public health.
Based on your experiences, what advice would you give to future students and future alumni of New York Medical College?
Set your goals high, and work hard to achieve them. Look for learning opportunities, even if they are not on the path you intended. Know that your work in health care, empowered by knowledge and perseverance, can make all the difference to improve patient and community health outcomes.
When you’re not working, where are you most likely to be found and what are you most likely to be doing?
Traveling and enjoying my grandchildren.