Dianne graduated from Washington State University with honors, completing degrees in Nursing, Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She worked as a nurse in several specialty areas, then obtained her Master of Nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University, fulfilling dual specialties/certifications as a Family Practice and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Dianne was a National Health Service Corp Scholar, working in a few small high-need-area clinics. She then served at Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ Clinics for 21 years, providing health care across the lifespan. Additionally, she taught nursing at community college and university levels, and has provided clinical oversight for dozens of medical students and nurse practitioners over the years.
Awards for quality nursing care and leadership have been given to Dianne, and she was nationally recognized in two publications as an “Unsung Hero” for health care to the underserved (1998 Nurse Practitioner Journal, and the Advanced Practice Nurse Sourcebook). In 2016, Dianne completed a fellowship with the University of Washington in neurodevelopment.
At home, Dianne loves to read, particularly about philosophy and history, human beliefs and behaviors. She is a stained glass artist, has won awards in photography and writing, and often volunteers in her community. She likes to hike, camp, canoe and play outdoors with her husband and two daughters.
Dianne was drawn to Vera by the company’s emphasis on Health Coaching, as well as Vera’s extended appointment times. “It is very important to me that teaching, patient support and lifestyle changes can be addressed with intention at Vera. I have always been a patient educator, but now listening and teaching are built into the job, and I absolutely love that! Health truly can change for the better when patients and providers are given the time and tools to approach big goals, and big wins, one step at a time.