HOW DO YOU DEFINE SELF-CARE AND WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO WAY OF PRACTICING IT?
For me, self-care is taking care of myself, mentally and physically, so that I am better able to meet the needs of others, my family, patients and employees.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?
A healthy lifestyle incorporates healthy elements of eating healthy, nutritious fresh foods, regular exercise that you enjoy, and taking care of your necessary mental health, which is different for every individual. Mental health for some may be counseling, speaking your mind and setting boundaries. For others, it may include different elements.
HOW DID YOU COME TO PRACTICE IN YOUR CAREER FIELD?
I came to specialize in women’s health after having a baby at a young age and being drawn to care for women at all stages of their lives. My great grandmother was a lay midwife, and I believe her career choice, as well as the strong women who raised me, also influenced my choice. After practicing as a women’s health nurse practitioner for 10 years, in 2006 I began to add medical esthetics to my abilities, which combines care for women and artistry through Botox, facial volume correction and skin resurfacing.
WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE (WEIGHTS, CARDIO, YOGA, PILATES, ETC.) DO YOU PREFER AND WHY?
I believe the best exercise is the one that you can make happen. I love barre, Pilates and yoga classes. Most often, the Peloton is the exercise I can make happen; rollout of bed, dress, climb on the Peloton in the room next door and go.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HEALTHY MEAL?
My favorite healthy meal is two eggs on whole wheat toast for breakfast. The combination of healthy fat, protein and fiber helps me make better choices through the day. Studies show that women who eat eggs or healthy protein for breakfast are better able to make healthy choices throughout the day.