Diploma in Nursing with honors, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, 1975. Associate of Science in Nursing/Associate of Arts, Miami-Dade Community College, 1979. Bachelor of Science in Oriental Medicine, Wayland Baptist University, 1986.
Certified in Oriental Medicine, China Shanghai International, 1989. Bachelor of science in nursing, State University of New York, 1994.
Commissioned United States Navy, 1979-1989, advanced through grades to lieutenant Commander. Staff nurse Intensive Care Unit Camp Pendleton (California) Hospital, 1979-1983. Charge nurse military sick call NAVMEDCL, Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1983-1985.
Assistant charge nurse acute psychiatric unit NAVHOSP, San Diego, 1985-1989. Assistant charge nurse medical ward, relief charge nurse Chronic Disease Research Cornell/Chronic Disease Research Gutierrez, 1986-1987. Division officer inpatient acute psychiatric unit Naval Hospital, San Diego, 1986-1989.
Case manager Travelers Insurance Company, 1989-1992, Dallas, since 1992.