From an early age, Monica’s passion for children was the driving force of her educational endeavors. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Central Florida, Monica then went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While in grad school, Monica volunteered with local community outreach programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Sheperd’s Hope Clinic. Monica believes that a trusting and compassionate provider-patient-family relationship is the key to happy and healthy children.
When helping to care for her grandparents as a teenager, Monica knew she found her lifelong calling to be a nurse. Taking care of children and making sure the next generation has guidance about fitness and health is very important parts of her career mission. Monica would love to see an hour daily of exercise at schools become part of the curriculum to combat rising rates of obesity and to instill healthy habits in children.
In Monica’s words, “I have always shared a special connection with children, and I am a firm believer in helping families with health prevention and education. When we are successful in establishing healthy lifestyle choices and goals while children are still young, I believe we are setting up our society for fantastic lifelong health.”
In her personal time, Monica enjoys traveling with her husband and her furry child, Lexi. They have a goal of traveling to a new country every year to explore new cultures, food, and history. Reading and learning about history are some of her favorite hobbies, and she is also passionate about health and fitness.