Tell us about your background/experience.
I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Mount Union College and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from Kent State University. I am also a Registered Nurse.
After college, I worked with critical care patients in a local hospital. In 2016, I began working at First Step Recovery, where I perform several different roles. Primarily, I work in the admissions department where I am responsible for screening and scheduling all incoming clients to our facility. I complete a full nursing assessment upon admission. We have 16 detox beds and 55 inpatient beds that our admissions department is responsible for filling.
When needed, I also work in the detox unit to pass medications and perform scheduled nursing duties.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy meeting the incoming clients and seeing them go on to be successful in recovery.
Why did you want to work in the field of substance abuse treatment?
I have several family members and friends that suffer from the disease of addiction that inspired me to work in this field.
What is your advice for someone who might be hesitant about seeking substance abuse treatment?
I would say that now is the time. If you recognize you have a problem, seek the help that is available. Life is too short and you deserve a life free of drugs and alcohol. There is so much beauty in this world and you cannot enjoy that beauty when you are caught in the hands of active addiction.
What is your favorite book or TV show about substance abuse?
“All Fall Down" by Jennifer Weiner is a book about a functioning addict who goes on to find recovery in 12-step meetings.