It’s not uncommon for passion and drive to be born from personal experience and loss. During the completion of her bachelor’s in science of nursing (BSN) at Mount St. Joseph University, Debi was invited to work at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a U.S. News & World Report No. 3 ranked Honor Roll Hospital. During those early years, never did she dream that her family would one day be on the receiving end of that world-renowned care. At various ages, four of Debi’s five children were patients – including stays in the NICU as well as the ICU with her teenage son. Those long days not only deepened her faith but also forever forged her love of pediatrics.
Debi and her husband of 38 years (still in training she quickly adds) have experienced many ups and downs compelling them to help others in crisis. As a pediatric palliative care hospice nurse, Debi walked beside families helping them navigate the most difficult experience they will ever know. It was through those interactions that Debi learned the power of Functional Medicine. Her desire to serve families in a deeper way motivated her to pursue a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner, which she completed in May of 2017.
During the pursuit of clinical mentors for her FNP program, Debi found Dr. Lane and Believe Midwifery. “I’ll never forget our first meeting, where I so eagerly ‘enlightened’ Dr. Lane about Functional Medicine! As you can imagine, she graciously received my enthusiasm, affirming my newly discovered knowledge. To this day we still joke about that initial interaction.”
Her Personal Side
When Debi’s not in clinic, she can be found reading, scrapbooking or enjoying the open road on the back of her best boyfriend’s motorcycle. However, her all-time best day ever is spent in the company of her favorite patient, one-year-old, Henry. Evidence that the empty nest is worth the wait!!