Carrie grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota. While completing her undergraduate degree in International Relations, Carrie visited Guatemala and ultimately lived in there for six months. While in Guatemala, she worked on a public health project helping to build stoves as well as working with a medical team that provided mobile healthcare clinics in rural areas. It was that experience that was the catalyst for Carrie's desire to provide thoughtul, justice oriented, hands-on and heartfelt care to people, especically working with women and their families.
Carrie completed her BSN and worked as a labor and birth RN in Midland, Michigan for two years and then at the Family Birth Center at Methodist Hospital for five years during which time she completed her MSN in nurse-midwifery. She practiced midwifery in another healthcare system, then had the amazing opportunity to return "home" to Park Nicollet.
Prior to nursing school, Carrie also worked for seven years with people with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses which help guide Carrie in her relationships, including her practice of midwifery. Carrie holds as a firm value that each person should be supported and encouraged to be an empowered decision-maker in her (or his) care. Carrie views herself as a guide in the health and wellness process, being in relationship with women and their families on their journeys. Carrie has a deep appreciation for people as whole and complex beings, including the deep strength and power of women in the pregnancy, labor, and the birth process.
Carrie was a patient at Park Nicollet when her second daughter was born at Methodist, which was an incredible experience. When she is not providing care along with women and their families, Carrie spends as much time as possible with her family, including her wonderfully supportive husband and two amazing daughters, as well as singing, enjoying music, reading, kickboxing, taking Zumba classes, biking, camping, and being involved in her church. She is also a beekeeper.