Patti has worked in the mental field her entire career. Patti was able to attend Clark College and transferred onto WSU-V where she earned her PMHNP. Patti has worked in several different areas of mental health including Western State Hospital, a local hospital which presented several different opportunities working with the mental health patient. Patti had a private practice for several years, although circumstances change and new opportunities opened. Patti is now working in longer term care providing medical psychiatric management in addition to the medicine of acceptance and compassion. Patti has been heard saying she loves what she does and could be the “poster girl” for nursing. Patti’s eventual long term retirement plan will be working with Doctors without Borders. For now, her down time includes; love of gardening, music, creating, family, a stanch lover and protector of all living creatures, enjoys surfing, paddling, hiking in Mexico.