I am a nurse practitioner with extensive experience in clinical application of Motivational Interviewing, and MI training for professionals employed in healthcare, counseling, social work, OT, PT,  and educational settings. I began learning MI in 2004 after attending MI-based tobacco cessation training. As I began using MI I saw  glazed looks replaced by smiles and active engagement in conversations. I have been a BASICS trainer since 2006 and served from 2005-2018 as the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Education Programs at West Chester University where I spent 20+ hours per week in MI conversations  with students about alcohol/drug use and general lifestyle choices.


Clinical application, training, implementation and assessment of brief interventions related to lifestyle change:

  • BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students
  • Motivational interviewing in brief clinical interventions for lifestyle change
  • Screening, Brief Interventions and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
  • Improving MI Proficiency using the MIA-STEP model

Professional Credentials

University of Pennsylvania, MSN, Concentration in Primary Care

Member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

G.R.A.C.E.: Training in Compassion-based Interactions in the Clinician/Patient Encounter, Upaya Zen Center

Motivational Interviewing Assessment Supervisory Tools: MIA-STEP

BASICS “Train-the-Trainer” completed 2006 with Dr. George Parks

Certificate in Addiction Counseling, Villanova University

Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Training