Carey was born and raised in Central Oregon, growing up in the small town of Terrebonne. She has always loved the medical field and had a passion for helping others. After graduating high school she attended the University of Oregon as a premed student and graduated in 1999 with a major in Biology, minor in Chemistry.
During her undergrad program she began working at Sacred Heart Medical center as a certified nursing assistant. During this time Carey was exposed to many different medical careers and realized that going to medical school was not a perfect fit for her and instead decided to pursue nursing.
She graduated from Central Oregon Community College in 2003 and started her career as a registered nurse at St Charles Medical Center. In 2005, she was able to start on the Intermediate care unit where she could care for cardiology patients, a lifelong passion of hers. During her time there, she earned a Masters in Nursing with a focus on management and education. Carey worked on that unit as a floor nurse and manager for several years before her dream job opened up to her in 2012.
Carey became the Heart Failure nurse navigator for the system where she could provide hands on care, education, and personal support to her patients. It soon became clear that there would be more opportunity in this position if she had a nurse practitioner degree which she obtained from Georgetown University in 2014.
Carey has two beautiful children who like to camp, hike, and kayak. She is busy with both girl scouts and cub scouts as a troop leader for both of her children.
Now as a Cardiology nurse practitioner she hopes to bring her care management, nursing skills and love of patient education and empowerment to her patients at High Lakes.