Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Yaffa Vinikoor currently works as a public health nurse at Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She works primarily with geriatric patients, their families and caregivers. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Community and Public Health Nursing at Hunter College. She feels privileged to bear witness to, and participate in, her patients’ lives, homes and stories, and has used her own writing to explore and reflect on some of these relationships. Yaffa was a participant at this year’s annual “Bedside Confessional” an interdisciplinary storytelling series about health care. In her spare time, Yaffa’s one-and-½-year-old daughter Orly keeps her busy having tea parties, and frolicking around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.