Treatment philosophy: “I believe raising a family should be fun and rewarding. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity.” Claire encourages her patients to be active participants in their health care decisions. “Taking time with my patents and listening carefully to their concerns is invaluable in building an atmosphere of trust.”
Special interests: “I love the many facets of pediatric health care, whether it be helping first time parents enjoy their newborn babies or providing needed advice regarding toddlers through college-bound students.” Claire embraces every opportunity to serve her patients whether she’s attending parent-teacher meetings as a children’s advocate, teaching her patients and parents about whole health, or working on statewide healthy child education campaigns, such as 5-2-1-0 Healthy NH.
Professional journey: “I have always known I wanted to work in health care with a focus on children.” While on active duty in the Army, Claire entered the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program. During her stint at the US Army Hospital, Fort Campbell, Claire was a pediatric clinical instructor for nurse midwife students from a local college. Before joining Salmon Falls, she also worked for the Well Child Clinic in Nashua, NH and Dover Pediatrics.
Professional certifications & associations:
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, National Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
Member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- BS in Nursing, University of New Hampshire, 1976
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certificate, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, CO, 1978
- MS in Nursing (Amubulatory Pediatrics), Boston College, 1985
Other professional and educational achievements:
- Parenting Education Program speaker and coordinator providing free education programs for schools, daycares, and parent groups (1985-present)
- Clinical Preceptor for nurse practitioner students at various colleges, including the University of New Hampshire, Boston College and St. Anselm College (1980-present)
- Participated in an infant mental health assessment program with a local community mental health group. (2008)
“When I’m not treating my patients, I enjoy… working in my garden, traveling with my family, and shopping.”
Joined the SFFH family in 1992.