Founder, Bay Area Mobile Clinic
I have always had a desire to help people. So it is no surprise that I became a nurse. After years of working in a hospital, I decided that I needed more and I wanted to make more of an impact on my patients. So I went back to school and become a nurse practitioner. I loved what I did. I loved the difference I was able to make in someone's life. It was not the ability to prescribe treatment for their disease or give a diagnosis to bring piece of mind. It was the ability to listen, to bring healing with touch, and to care.
Unfortunately, that love and fulfillment slowly began to fade. I started to hate going to work. I hated being asked to do things that I thought were not ethical. I hated being rushed from patient to patient. But even more so, I hated that my patients were seen as nothing but numbers. This experience in our healthcare system changed me as not only as a provider, but as a mother and a wife. I was no longer present. Work overshadowed every aspect of my life. I was working 24/7. I was yelling at my children. I was depressed. I was anxious and I was bitter.
What happened to the love? Thinking that I was burnt out with my current job, I changed jobs frequently. It took several years for me to realize that the problem was really was that I had been trying to live my dream life in someone else's dream.
When I gave up the desire to live for others and started to live for me and my family, I rediscovered the love I always had. It was still there but had been forgotten and buried deep below the disappointment and disgust with today’s healthcare system. It was then that I remembered my vision years ago of having my own mobile practice, spending as much time as I wanted with my patients, and being in charge of my destiny. That love fueled me to start my own practice, Bay Area Mobile Clinic.
I can not be happier. I have a sense of freedom that I can not explain. With this, I remember the words of Mother Theresa who said it best, "Work without love is slavery".