Dr. Juana was born and raised in Cameron County, Texas, part of the Rio Grande Valley. After going away to College at the University of Iowa and working in Illinois, she moved to Valparaiso, where she has lived since 2006 with her husband and two children.
She speaks fluent Spanish. She enjoys camping, fishing and archery. As a Roman Catholic, Dr. Juana believes that the first principle of Christian morality, the Law of Love, should guide the practice of both faith and healing, and lead us to treat all people with compassion.
She completed her DNP at Valparaiso University and board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015. She launched Dunes Family Clinic in 2017 as an independent practice to provide comprehensive primary care the way patients and families want and need it. She had 15 years of clinical experience in critical care settings including intensive care and emergency departments prior to earning her doctorate.
Dr. Juana believes that effective healing requires time to build direct therapeutic relationships with patients. With so many hard working people struggling with illness, long waits, and rushed visits, Dr. Juana set out to build a clinic where every decision serves to make quality primary care more personal, convenient and valuable. Dr. Juana is driven to make Dunes Family Clinic a place where direct, caring relationships help families to live healthier, happier lives.
Jennifer was born and raised in LaPorte County. After going away to college and spending time in California and Costa Rica she moved back home where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
She speaks fluent Spanish. She is an avid Cubs fan and softball fan. She remains busy with volunteering in her local softball youth league and coaching youth teams. She is a member of Road to Life Church and an advisor to the Board of Directors for Hey U.G.L.Y!, a nonprofit anti bullying campaign. She is passionate about suicide prevention and is active in community projects and forums.
Jennifer has been a nurse since 2000. She has had a wide variety of experience in pediatrics, community health, and psychiatry. She graduated from IUSB in 2012 with her MSN and completed her board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013. Her passion for helping the mentally ill drove her to continue on with her Post-Masters study at IUPUI where she earned her credentials as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
She enjoys working with patients with an integrative approach to healthcare, acknowledging that both physical and emotional stress can lead to illness. In addition to her practice, Jennifer is committed to extending her knowledge and experience with NP students via preceptorship and as a clinic professor at St. Mary's College at Notre Dame. She is excited to be part of Dunes Family Clinic and to be able to provide care in a patient-driven setting.