I completed my Diploma in Nursing and went on to complete both a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science following my nursing registration (RGCompN) in 1996.
Prior to completing my Nursing training I completed National Ambulance Officers training and worked as an Ambulance officer in North Auckland. I was promoted to a Senior Instructor for St John where I assisted with training of first aid instructors throughout the greater Auckland /Northland area.
I found my passion for Cardiology in 1999 when I started working in the Coronary Care Unit at North Shore Hospital. I progressed to a Level IV nurse and worked as a Cardiology Nurse Specialist, ran an independent Chest Pain clinic with the encouragement and guidance of Dr Guy Armstrong. I presented a research study on the Chest Pain clinic at the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference in 2009. I worked as a Cardiology Research nurse up until 2010.
I originally started working for Waitemata Cardiology in 1999 and have worked with the team in both a full time and more recently a part time capacity since then. I enjoy the interaction with our patients and relish the chance to promote health and wellbeing through education and understanding. I am involved with exercise tolerance testing, as well as exercise and dobutamine stress echocardiography procedures.
In my full time job I work as a Clinical Research Associate for an academic research organisation and I am involved with conducting clinical research trials throughout New Zealand.
I hold a current registered nurses practicing certificate and have professional memberships to the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand Association of Clinical Research, American Heart Association and New Zealand Nurses Organisation.
I am married to Martin and have two adult sonís, the eldest a builder and the other studying Medicine at Otago.
My outside interests include cooking, swimming, aerobics, quilting and cross-stitch.