I am a proud NEPA native that graduated Marywood University in 1992 and gathered 28 years of social work experience beginning my career in child and adolescent mental health. I followed my interest in medicine as a medical social worker at Moses Taylor Hospital for 8 years then worked in long term care and hospice until 2008. At that time, I worked with the homeless to help them find and maintain permanent housing while case managing their medical, substance abuse and mental health issues. I understand the world of addiction and the opioid crisis and the toll it takes on people and their families. At the same time, I am the sole proprietor of geriatric mental health counseling in assisted living facilities in Scranton, Poconos, and Lehigh Valley. I obtained my certification in grief counseling through the American Academy of Grief Counseling.
In general, any social work is not easy but I have always been drawn to work in the most difficult areas because there is such a need for people to talk about what they don’t want to talk about. This is where I decided my heart lies and that is talking with those that are just like I was. No one is immune to grief and loss. These days, we seem to be surrounded by it. Letting it envelope us should not be your new normal. Seeing the good in life again should be.
"Too often we underestimate a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."