I never planned to be a nurse. I wanted to train horses. I came from an agricultural family, and genetics played a big role in farming. But when I was five, my mom got a job as a lab tech in muscle research here at Mayo. I was exposed to frozen slides, electron microscopes, and the idea of research. I first went to school for animal science, but horses don't make a lot of money. My brother suggested I try nursing, as he and his wife were both nurses. So I did. I ended up in high-risk obstetrics, which involves genetics. One thing led to another, and here I am, a genetic nurse. Genetics and nursing go together like milk an cookies. I love to see people become empowered with knowledge about their condition. I love the discovery part of genetics and trying something new and out of my comfort zone. Genetics is like The Matrix. Once you learn about it, you see code everywhere.