Debra practiced as a Professional Licensed Registered Nurse in Oregon for 30 years. Ten years of her nursing career occurred in Oregon acute-care hospitals providing care to patients in the areas of Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Nephrology, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and Psychiatric/Mental Health. In the final 20 years of Debra’s nursing career, she transferred her extensive medical care skills and knowledge as a Certified Case Manager (CCM) & Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP) in the insurance realm: health, workers comp and third-party administrators (TPA).
Debra has an Associate's Degree in Psychology from COCC, an Associate's Degree in Nursing from SWOCC, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management/Communications from Concordia University.
Since Debra’s retirement, she continues utilizing her three decades of nursing/healthcare expertise as a clinical volunteer with Volunteers In Medicine Clinic, located in Bend, Oregon. Debra holds a committed view that mental healthcare is equally important as medical healthcare in our society and local community.