As your nurse practitioner, I feel my role has many parts: to be your partner in care and also support, teach, treat and just be present when you need someone to listen. The relationships we form are built on a foundation of trust. I love developing such strong bonds with patients and learning about the stories that make up their lives. My approach is comforting and caring while encouraging and empowering as well. I will never judge you, only try to offer guidance on ways to live well. I want patients to understand that I am working on “walking the talk” in my own life, too, by making one healthy choice at a time.