I was born in Abilene, TX but spent the majority of my childhood in Denver, CO. I left Colorado to attend college in Santa Barbara, CA where I studied Neuroscience. My interests in nutrition and public health brought me to the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA where I earned my M.S. in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition. During graduate school, I volunteered at a free clinic staffed by Family Physicians which was deeply meaningful and fulfilling work. This first sparked my interest in Family Medicine and ultimately drove my desire to become a physician.
At Tufts University School of Medicine, my interests immediately drew me to Family Medicine. I later discovered during my clinical rotations that I also really enjoyed surgery and initially pursued Otolaryngology. During my PGY1 year of Otolaryngology at Boston Medical Center, however, I found that surgery was not actually a great fit for me. I resigned from the program after completing my intern year and then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Medical Center. My research was focused on novel biomarkers and metabolic reprogramming in early colon carcinogenesis. During my postdoctoral fellowship, it became clear to me that Family Medicine is where I actually belong. My interests in nutrition, public health and prevention over the life span are a natural fit. I also like developing healing partnerships with patients over time and believe in approaching patients as whole persons rather than diseases or problems to be fixed.
I’m thrilled to be part of the UCSD Family Medicine Residency. UCSD offers an ideal combination of everything I was looking for in a residency program. It’s a strong academic program that is well suited for my interests in integrative medicine, community health, LGBTQ health and caring for underserved populations. The faculty, staff and residents are also incredibly warm, friendly and supportive. Plus, the location is perfect! After more than 10 years in Boston, I’m very excited to finally return to sunny Southern California!
In my free time, I enjoy music, spoken word art, poetry, theater, dance, cooking, yoga, camping, hiking and exploring new places.