Debbie and her husband hail from the “land of nuts and berries,” (aka Southern California) where they were born, raised, met in college, married and began their family. As a Delta Gamma house sister for the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at UC Irvine, Debbie was asked in a chemistry lecture class of 300 if she would be a blind date for a frat brother for a barn dance. When she called down to the front of the class ‘yes,’ the lecture hall broke into cheers. Thus was the beginning of a life journey with her soul mate.
While they have lived in FL for over 25 years, Debbie still lay claim to being a “California girl,” but make no mistake–she often does the chomp and enthusiastically cheers “GO GATORS!.” Debbie made the decision to pursue a pediatric nursing career after volunteering at a Pediatric Infectious Disease unit. She has a Master’s degree and Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Florida, considers herself a life-long learner and also loves to teach, often having a student learning next to her in the office. She has been with Palm Beach Pediatrics since 1998 and can’t imagine a better career than helping children and their families attain health and happiness.
Debbie’s love of travel was cultivated early in life, where as a dancer with the Westchester Lariats, she spent time most summers performing at international locations. She and her husband continue to enjoy adventure travel and immersion in the culture and people of the destination. As she tells everyone about her time in Africa “My husband may have stood on the roof of Africa, but I was invited into the tribe!” A yoga practitioner for 10 years, she also enjoys kayaking, snow skiing, biking, hiking, gardening, reading, crafting and volunteering activities. A fun fact is that she spends each Thanksgiving camping in a tipi as her husband is an American Indian hobbyist and they gather with other lodge owners to count their many blessings.