Erica grew up in northern New Jersey and moved to Ohio for college. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. While there, she was honored as a Bolton Scholar for Excellence in Maternal/Child Nursing. She practiced labor and delivery nursing at University Hospital in Cleveland, caring for both low- and high-risk patients and attending various types of birth. Later, she worked as a traveling nurse providing obstetrical care in hospitals in Washington and Oregon. Erica received her master’s and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at OHSU.
Erica enjoys partnering with women to make decisions about their health and wellness, and sees her role as that of educator and advocate. Her clinical interests include health promotion, general gynecology and all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. She is a twin and she and her sibling share the title of “middle child” among four children. Her family is very close, which gives her a clear understanding of the importance of sibling relationships, family influence and family-centered care.
When she’s not working, Erica enjoys hiking, snowboarding, trips to the beach and spending time with family and friends. She has climbed both Mount St. Helens in Washington and the South Sister in Central Oregon. Erica has also recently taken up cycling, and participated in the 2013 Cycle Oregon event.