I was born in Illinois but have lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana most of my life. I am the youngest of three children; I have two older brothers, to whom I am extremely close. My parents are childhood friends, who became high school sweethearts and have been married for 40 years. Growing up I attended schools with Northwest Allen County and graduated from Carroll High School in 2007. My family is extremely close. They have been my greatest supporters and a great source of knowledge and guidance throughout my life.
My passion for nursing and caring for others started at a young age and I feel it is my highest calling. My parents supported me completely in my journey to become a nurse. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2013 from the University of Saint Francis. After nursing school, I initially worked in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Lutheran Hospital. While that work was exciting and rewarding, when an opportunity presented itself to become a labor and delivery nurse at Dupont Hospital, I made the change. It was there I found my true passion for fertility and women’s health, which eventually lead me back to the University of Saint Francis to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. The University of Saint Francis encouraged me to think holistically, addressing the spiritual, mental, and physical needs of a person. I carried these concepts through my nursing career, into graduate school, and now into practice.
While in nursing school, I met my husband, Josh, a native of Fort Wayne, through mutual friends. He has been a great supporter and partner through all our adventures together. We have three little girls, Juliette, Isabella, and Lillian, and a dog, Ava. As a family, we love to spend time together baking, playing games, watching movies, or taking trips to different zoos and parks. Josh and Sara love to read (at least as much as we can with little ones in the house!). I also love spending time with my mom and brothers, watching Notre Dame football games, visiting the campus, and going to games when possible.
Joining the team at Fertility and Midwifery Care Center has been an adventure, with God bringing us together in all our lives both personally and professionally. Initially, I came to know and admire the physicians and nurse-midwives while I was working as a labor and delivery nurse and caring for FMCC patients in the hospital. Observing the interactions FMCC’s team had with each other, with the hospital staff, and with the families they cared for, I recognized the same drive that I must keep faith in the progress of my work and in my ability to treat my patients as individuals in a compassionate, holistic manner. In 2017, I became one of FMCC’s patients while struggling with fertility issues of my own. Then while in my Nurse Practitioner program I had the opportunity to do a rotation in FMCC’s office. Since August of 2019, I have been the only Nurse Practitioner with FMCC. My passion for fertility work continues to grow as I get to teach my patients more about NaProTechnology.