OCCUPATION: Speech-language pathologist specializing in adults and geriatrics.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Playing with my two-month old son, Maddox.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Bradford.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Watching my son grow up and enjoying his new-found smiles and giggles.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Earning my master’s degree, marrying the love of my life, and giving birth to my son.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Increasing the independence of my patients and improving the quality of their lives. Whether it’s getting them to eat again, to communicate, or to participate in meaningful interactions with family and friends.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: To go up in a hot air balloon.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A pen which invariably ends up in the washing machine and gets ink all over the clothes, much to my husband’s annoyance.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: A doctor, a veterinarian ... I probably wanted to be everything at one point.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My husband Joe. He makes me want to be a better person each and every day. He is my rock.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: I don’t have one. If the summary looks interesting, I’ll read it.
I AM READING: Just finished reading “A Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green.
I AM LISTENING TO: Vampire weekend.
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Deliver Us from Evil.” I’m a horror movie junkie.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I know this sounds bad but I will watch anything on MTV.
FAVORITE PET: My two cats; a tabby named Cloey and a Norwegian forest cat named Boots.
FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi and ice cream.
TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK: Too much time.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: When I tell people I’m a speech therapist and in response they pretend to stutter.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Heaven is not a place you go when you die. It’s that moment in life when you actually feel alive. So live for the moment.” — The Spill Canvas.
MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The ocean, downtown, and Wilcox Park.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Vanilla chai from Perks & Corks.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m obsessed with my cats Boots and Cloey. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for them.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Everyone tries to give you advice on how to parent your child. The best advice I’ve received is “Parent how you want to parent. And have patience. Your child doesn’t know you’ve never done this before.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: Always take time for yourself. Otherwise you’ll drive yourself crazy.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: End all war and establish world peace.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Build a house. Any buy my parents their dream home in Vermont.
I DRIVE A: Red 2010 GMC Terrain.
I WISH I DROVE: A GMC Acadia.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Baby formula and string cheese.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE: Bruce Willis. I am a sucker for Bruce Willis. I think he looks kind of like my dad, which is why I like him. His acting isn’t too bad either.
— Interview conducted and
edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro