I am a Midwest girl born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I went to undergrad at Loyola University Chicago where I received a degree in Biology with a Molecular Emphasis. I liked Loyola so much that I stayed around for another four years to attend medical school at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine.
In high school, I began my medical career as a CNA at a hospice/long term care facility and it was there that I realized my passion to care for the sick, elderly, and indigent. In college, I worked as a tutor at a local Chicago community center for teens and through this experience I saw firsthand the connection between poor education, socioeconomic status, and health disparities. During medical school, I gravitated towards family medicine because I loved the continuity of care this specialty affords and the opportunity to develop deeper connections with my patients. The scope of Family medicine is wide and the types of patients seen truly encompasses everyone.
UCSD Family Medicine Residency was an easy decision for me because I wanted a hybrid academic and community program, opportunities to work with underserved teens, and the best instructors and resources. My interests include advanced procedures, adolescent medicine, and HIV medicine; all of which are opportunities available through the UCSD FMRP.
In my free time, I enjoy crafting anything and everything! In medical school, I started a group called “Beanies 4 Babies” where I taught other medical students how to crochet baby hats which we donated to the NICU and nursery at Loyola. I also enjoy painting, drawing, and creating my own artwork out of nails and string. Additionally, my husband and I enjoy taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities here in San Diego. When we are not outside we are avid board gamers and are always willing to host a game night!