Why am I qualified to be your advocate?

Missy-w-clients-400With many years experience as a professional in the health care field, fifteen of those in SW Colorado, I am knowledgeable about providers and resources, and will assist you with compassion and understanding to access and coordinate the care needed to achieve the best outcomes possible.

Solid Health and Management Education:

  • BS in Nutrition from Whittier College, Whittier, California
  • Dietetic Internship with the U.S. Public Health Service
  • MS in Public Health Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Certificate in Management from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Certified Senior Advisor designation by Society of Certified Senior Advisors

Extensive and Varied Work Experience:

  • Executive Director, United Way of SW Colorado
  • Renal and Transplant Dietitian, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Executive Director, National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Instructor of Nutrition, School of Nursing, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Volunteer Leadership in Community Healthcare Improvement:

  • Founding and Board member Community Health Action Coalition, La Plata County, Colorado
  • Board member and past Chair, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, Colorado

Health Care Awards and Recognitions:

  • ALS Angel Award – ALS Association of Georgia, 1998
  • Making a Meaningful Difference Award – Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Durango, CO, 2006
  • Extraordinary Woman Award – Women’s Resource Center, Durango, CO, 2014
  • 2015 Health Hero Award – Community Health Action Coalition; La Plata County, CO