After graduating high school in 2006, Carmen attended Northern NM College. During the time she was in school, she worked as a nursing assistant at the Española Valley Nursing and rehabilitation center (EVNRC). After getting her LPN and RN degrees, Carmen continued to work at EVNRC and then worked in hospice, which she absolutely loved because she could take time to know her patients and their families, and provide the support that they needed.
Carmen then moved to the same day care walk-in clinic at Presbyterian in Española. It was there she was first introduced to working with MAT patients. The Nurse Practitioner that she worked with had such compassion and she really believed she helped so many of those patients; that is when Carmen decided she wanted to be a nurse practitioner and make that kind of difference in patients’ lives. She started a BSN-MSN program through Walden University.
As a new Nurse Practitioner, she wanted to find the right place where she knew she would get the support she would need to continue to learn and grow. Carmen knew upon talking to Dr. Johnson that La Familia was that place. She is very excited to be a part of an organization that offers so much to the community. LFMC offers patients so much more than expected or imagined, and she just knew this is where she was meant to be.
Outside of work, Carmen enjoys being with family. She and her daughter love the outdoors and enjoy activities like hiking, camping, fishing and painting. She also love books and movies!
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