Licensed Clinical Social Worker
One of the most moving experiences I have encountered in my lifetime was visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
I hiked [part] of the Appalachian Trail.
My favorite food is pizza, every day, all day!
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” Anne Frank
As a local to the West Michigan area I am a proud graduate of GRPS’s City High/Middle School and was raised by a GRPS teacher. Early on, I was offered opportunities to explore different social work settings either alongside my mother in her classroom, or within my own ventures into volunteer work. I was exposed to families of all different walks of faith, beliefs, cultures and kiddos. These unique experiences further solidified my interest and passion for working in the social work field. My other passions in life are my love for my family and my love for the Mitten! As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors any chance we can get, especially exploring the beauty of Michigan in the summer! I encourage practicing healthy self-care and mindfulness techniques in my work, and do my best to do the same! I truly feel that it is a privilege to be welcomed into families’ lives and share in their child’s experience of how they view the world. I love learning of their hopes, dreams, and unique interests.
Grand Valley State University, Bachelor's of Social Work
Loyola University Chicago, Master's Degree in Social Work; School Social Work Specialization
Early in my career, I was given a world-changing experience of working with children identified with neurodevelopmental differences in a secured residential setting. From there, I transitioned to the neighboring center, providing outpatient therapy and case management services for families. My desire for more direct clinical work lead me to a position involving therapy services on an individual level with a collaborative team approach and uniquely housed in school-based health centers. One afternoon, I read an evaluation written by a trauma assessment specialist, taken from a neurodevelopmental trauma perspective; I was blown away and I was eager to know more. Soon thereafter I excitedly joined their team and supervised the clinical evaluations. This trauma trained approach allowed me to further understand the depths of cognitive and social emotional effects trauma can have on early childhood development. It was only fitting to find, and land, with DE next on my social work journey!