My Story

I’m Char- RN, Healthcare Leader, and Certified Health Coach. I help healthcare professionals beat burnout, improve work-life balance, and discover their true passion and purpose.

Having worked as a nurse and healthcare leader for the past 30 years, I know first-hand the struggles of functioning in a fast-paced, demanding, ever changing field. I understand how frustrating, stressful, and exhausting the day-to-day grind can be.

Healthcare professionals are burning out and leaving their jobs at a staggering speed. They are overwhelmed, stressed, and stuck. They are underappreciated and overworked. They feel trapped deciding if staying in a career they poured years of blood, sweat, and tears into is worth the sacrifice for having a more balanced, fulfilling, joyful life.

I want to help them rekindle their passion and purpose while improving their work-life balance, so they don’t have to leave the career they worked so hard for. Healthcare cannot afford to lose any more experienced, skilled, compassionate people.

I have experienced many challenges in my own life and career: burnout, stress and anxiety, family traumas, work drama, job loss, living with an autoimmune disease & chronic pain, death, loss, and grief. I am married to a first responder which amplifies the complexities of our family’s dynamic. I have also raised rebellious teens who have tested all my nerves.

Five years ago, I hit my rock bottom and embarked on a voyage of self-healing.  It has not been fast or easy, but slowly I began to create new beliefs and habits that changed the trajectory of both my personal and professional life. My journey has led me to want to help other healing professionals who are experiencing these challenges and help them take back control of their lives.

Life doesn’t always go as planned but I’m proof that you can learn how to pivot during challenging times. You don’t have to just survive, you can thrive!

Professional Experience & Education

I have been a healthcare professional for three decades.  My career began at a small town volunteer ambulance service as an EMT. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Walden University.

Throughout my 25-year nursing career, I have worked as a hospital staff nurse in critical care and emergency departments. I advanced into various leadership roles and have served as Director of Nursing in home care, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities. I have consulted for hospital systems as well as held leadership roles in Women’s Health, Urgent Care Clinics, and a Community Paramedic Program.

I am a Certified Health Coach from the National Society of Health Coaches. I am a lover of learning and have expertise and specialized training as a Clinical Trauma Specialist, as well as prior certifications as a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner), CCM (Certified Case Manager), CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and Yoga Teacher.

I am fully equipped with the professional skills, specialized training, and personal experience to help you.

A few fun facts about me

I am originally from Connecticut (Go Huskies!) and moved to North Carolina after graduating college to get out of the cold.  The universe has a sense of humor because I married an Army officer who was from Minnesota, so when he discharged from the military we ended ‘Up North’ (don’t cha know!).

For 22 years I have lived in the frigid mid-west, but I have learned to love the summers, lake life, and even a little fishing.

Together my husband and I have raised three kids who have given me ALL of my gray hair. 

I have a ridiculous weakness for bringing in all the lost beings (cats, dogs, turtles, teenagers, bunnies). I like to act tough but I’m a softy at the center. I am sarcastic as hell and love a good laugh.

Our family has survived a number of tragic events over the past several years, and because of these events I was propelled to start taking my own advice and pursue my own ambitious dreams. My calling is to help you follow and achieve yours.

Where do we start… at the beginning

I am here to provide a non-judgmental, safe space to educate, support and provide accountability to do the work necessary to reach your identified goals. This won’t be a cake walk my friends. Real results require real work. 

I’m here to believe in you before you even know how to believe in yourself. I am a highly successful person both professionally and personally.  

I want to help you become your best self.  Despite some real terrible life circumstances, I overcame tremendous obstacles to achieve success. If I can do it, you can too!   

Maybe you don’t know what your goal is or maybe you have many goals to accomplish. Together we can decide if working with me is right for you.

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