I am an Associate Vice President and Healthcare Interior Design Leader at CallisonRTKL in Dallas, Texas, and have been designing healthcare facilities for more than 15 years. During this time, I have devoted my career to creating innovative and healing environments which greatly impact the health and wellbeing of patients, families and staff who interact within. Being a certified healthcare interior designer, my designs focus on patient and family-centered care while improving the patient experience by implementing the research and technology available to plan and design safer environments. I have a great deal of passion for design, focus on small details, and the desire to improve patient and family experience in healthcare facilities.
I approach each project with lean principles and a fresh perspective along with the desire to learn the client’s wants and needs, as well as help them understand what those may be, in order to deliver the best possible result for the client and eliminate waste. The last several years I have worked closely with the Baylor Scott & White Health system and in Texas designing the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Lake Pointe in Rowlett, TX which opens at the end of the year 2018. The Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at McKinney, which was awarded “Best in Competition” and “Best in Category” for the 2013 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design competition, and the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, which opened in December 2014. Along with the rest of the design team, collaborated closely together resulting in solutions which created a high performing and sustainable project driven by LEAN design and construction principles. In April 2017, I completed the Community Cancer Center North in Indianapolis, IN which was a very innovative and special project to me. Another particularly special project to me in my career was the expansion of the Community Hospital North in Indianapolis, Indiana, completed in 2007. This project was the first time I got to focus on the design of women and children’s rooms, which became an area I now specialize and grew to love. Over the years, I have developed experiences which has allowed me to specialize in Pediatrics, Acute Care facilities, Women’s and Children’s, Cancer Centers and medical planning.
Since even the smallest details can affect the overall design, my attentive to the particularity of details as well as working closely with the different teams at RTKL to insure the interior and exterior of a project are cohesive. I believe in the importance of developing relationships with everyone involved in a project in order to best adhere to the client’s wants and needs and to design a healing environment, which looks and feels non-clinical even under tight budgets and constraints.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in Fashion merchandising, Business administration and Marketing from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. I am a registered interior designer in the state of Texas and also certified by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID). I will soon be pursuing the certification for the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Awards and Recognitions:
– 2015 Healthcare Facilities Symposium Distinction Awards – George Pressler under 40 Award
– 2013 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Best in Competition for the Baylor Medical Center in McKinney
– 2013 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Best in Category – Hospitals for the Baylor Medical Center in McKinney
2014 Art Trends In Healthcare – Medical Construction and Design