Late in my career (detailed below), my husband, who was born with Marfan syndrome, and later became diabetic, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
I left the job market to care for him full-time for his last four years and remain an active volunteer in the ALS and Marfan communities.
I have worked within and also consulted to academic and community hospitals and clinics, at a health insurance company, and in companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Employers have included Anthem, Bodypoint, Sanofi and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
I began my health care career at minimum wage, as a hospital switchboard operator and lobby receptionist. Within a few years, I was presenting research to hospital CEOs, emphasizing the relationship between quality of care and patient-perceived outcomes.
To further this work, I went back to school for a Master’s degree. My thesis discussed the applicability of marketing exchange theory to organ and tissue donation.
Later, in a health outcomes research setting, I integrated survey research with medical charts and insurance data, to identify how to help patients use medications most effectively. This work has been published in clinical journals and presented at medical meetings. I have also reviewed research for several journals and for the federal government.
I have also worked in clinical and user education at a firm manufacturing products for wheelchair users. Recently, I became a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA).