I strive to provide my patients with the utmost quality of care. I treat my patients with respect and compassion as I would show to any member of my family. I am happily married and have two lovely children. I love to read books, listen to music, enjoy traveling and am a big fan of the NBA.
I feel privileged to be in a positon to help people – whether by offering medical advice, by providing therapeutic relief or simply by lending a sympathetic ear and providing confident reassurance. I deeply enjoy the challenge of medicine, as well as the opportunity it gives me to meet and learn from patients of all cultural backgrounds and walks of life.
I prefer a holistic approach to one’s health that focuses on preventative care and the power of lifestyle change to promote healing and well-being. As well, I believe in a patient-focused health care experience with the goal of collaborative medical decision making since both patient input and patient education are crucial for developing an effective treatment plan.
During my time off, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. While originally from Canada, I was drawn to Southern California due to my love of the outdoors.
Being a Dental Health Professional, patient care is of utmost importance to me. It is my duty to provide the best possible dental care to the people I serve. Listening to their concerns helps me address their needs and wants. The satisfaction they receive gives me a sense of accomplishment & a joy that I have done my part in being of service to others.
As a counselor, I work with clients to restore trust, joy, purpose and meaningful connections in life after trauma, and major life disruptions. Whether it is overcoming a tragic event, past abuse, victimization or whether it is a loss, bereavement, job loss or divorce, I come alongside each client to provide a safe and caring space to heal. My specialties are trauma and loss, depression, anxiety, overcoming abuse and violence, special needs, disability and families of special needs, including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities and developmental delays, panic disorder, adults, children, families, elderly, high risk youth and compassionate parenting. I graduated with a Master's in Social Welfare from UCLA and I have two undergraduate degrees in Languages and Communications. I am a wife and mother to 3 great kids who once had special needs and are now thriving. Music, creativity and fun are my passions, and I often incorporate play therapies and art into the counseling setting.
I was raised in a small town where medical services were not always available. It was that experience that gave birth to my dream of becoming a health care provider. My humble upbringing helped me attain an understanding of how important compassion is in patient care.
I am here to serve my community and render optimal care based on the needs of each patient. I value creating collaborative, achievable goals where my patients take the wheel as I assist and I guide them to take full control of their health.
As a bilingual practitioner, I fully understand the needs of Spanish-speaking patients, both linguistically and culturally. My willingness to participate professionally with patients and my quest to provide exceptional care culminates in my ability to assist patients most effectively.
I hold leisure time in high regards. It allows me to connect with whom I hold in highest regards - my two children. From going on a bike ride, to traveling, or simply helping with school work, it is this time with them that truly defines me.
As the Director of Mental Health Services for Clinicas, it is my goal to make sure we provide a significant contribution to improve the health of Ventura County residents by providing quality and effective mental health services. I am committed to make sure we provide mental health services with empathy, compassion and in a cultural competent manner. I’m honored to work with a group dedicated and experienced mental health providers, who share the same goals. Being part of Clinicas has allowed me to provide integrated behavioral services and collaborate with other health providers to improve the overall health of our patients.
I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 28 years. I obtained a Masters of Social Work degree from San Jose State University. I’m bilingual/bicultural, English/Spanish. I have extensive experience in the Child Welfare System and in Mental Health. My interest has always been to improve services for underserved populations.