I was born and raised in Clifton, Arizona. My parents are Abraham and Lillian Rivas, Jr. My dad is a retired electrician from the copper mine.


I am a proud United States Air Force Veteran. I attended Easter Arizona College for my nursing degree and continued my education through Northern Arizona University.


I am married to Jeff Vaughn, he is an emergency department nurse at Mt.Graham Regional Medical Center and the Pre-hospital Coordinator. We have two sons, Anthony is attending college and studying project management, William will be completing high school and is interested in medicine.


I love nursing and decided to pursue my nurse practitioner degree after volunteering with a medical project in Honduras where we provided free health clinics.


It is a privilege to provide healthcare within my hometown community.



• Associates Degree of Science in Nursing, Eastern Arizona College, 2005

• Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing, Northern Arizona University, 2007

• Masters Degree of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, Northern Arizona University, 2011

• Doctorate of Nursing, Northern Arizona University, 2014

• Arizona Health Education Center Board Member

• ACLS & PALS certified


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