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Brenda finds inspiration in the Buddhist proverb, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” She says, “I believe people come into our lives for a reason, and we can all learn from each other.”

Since she was a child, she knew she wanted to be a nurse, and followed that path. But her desire to become a nurse practitioner was sparked when she had children of her own. The right person came into her life at the right time. She explains, “When my children were small, their pediatrician practiced with a pediatric nurse practitioner. The well-child visits with Deanna were not only thorough and educational, but it was obvious that she really loved her expanded role, and did a fantastic job of combining her nursing skills and medical care. I thought at some point, I would like to pursue being a nurse practitioner. After 16 years of ambulatory OB/GYN nursing, I was ready to move on to advanced practice.”

For Brenda, the most important lessons can come from anywhere, including friends, family and patients. She relates one very special story: “Almost 5 years ago, a very dear friend who is also a patient was diagnosed with breast cancer. She allowed me to walk her journey with her, and she became my hero. She was and still is determined to do everything she can to be a survivor — starting with surgery and chemotherapy, to having proper nutrition and exercise, to embracing healthy and supportive relationships, and letting go of relationships and situations that were not that way.”

The closeness she shares with her patients is a very special gift, and Brenda is thankful every day that St. Vincent Healthcare makes it possible. She says, “I feel very privileged that women entrust me to participate in their healthcare, and assist them in making positive changes in their lives. It is so satisfying to establish long-term provider/patient relationships, and very often have their other family members come to see me as well. I so appreciate having a wealth of excellent resources available to assist me in providing each of them with the best possible healthcare. I am proud to be a member of the St. Vincent Healthcare team.”

The OB/GYN Team