Hometown: Artesia, CA / San Bernadino, CA
Medical School: Des Moines University – Des Moines, IA
Career/Research Interests: Heme/Onc? Med-Ped Hospitalist? Still deciding
After Residency: Get a puppy! Career-wise no idea yet.
Hobbies/Interests: Animals (self-proclaimed crazy dog lady), food, gardening, cooking, baking, indoor rock climbing, audiobooks, true crime podcasts/shows, road tripping, paper crafts, Netflix/binging shows, spinning, yoga, walking my dog, Nintendo Switch
Bio: I grew up in SoCal. My family moved around a lot growing up so I’ve lived all over the LA county and the Inland Empire. I went to undergrad at Cal Poly Pomona. I initially wanted to be a Vet, so I started as Animal Science. I worked in a vet clinic for a summer and realized I could not handle the lack of legal protections for animals. I switched to General Biology with a Physiology minor. I started working at a clinical research organization that specialized in Phase I-IV trials and soon after I also started working as a scribe. After scribing for a year in peds heme onc I realized that I didn’t want to do anything else.
I went into med school knowing I wanted to see kids in my future practice, but also found myself loving adult medicine. I remember talking to one of my friends before 3rd year and telling him I would have to decide between peds and IM during the next year and he told me about medpeds. I was so excited I didn’t have to choose because I love both.
I participated in couples match and I chose to rank Mizzou highly because they were so accommodating, understanding, and welcoming of us as a couple. From my interview, I could tell they were genuinely interested in us coming here together. We’ve even been able to have our vacations scheduled at the same time. Furthermore, Mizzou MedPeds stood out to me because of Dr. Emerson. I worked in clinical research for 4 years and absolutely loved my relationship with my boss. Having mutual respect and a friend in my PD was a really high priority to me. I loved Dr. Emerson during my interview. She is incredibly passionate about medpeds, but also someone I feel comfortable sharing my ups and downs with.
Some things I’ve loved since moving to Columbia is the food, the trails, the people, the traffic, ice cream, and the dogs. The food scene here is surprisingly diverse compared to Des Moines, and best of all it’s all really affordable. My SO and I enjoying going out on weekends for breakfast. The trail system here is awesome! It is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors or biking. There’s a lot of hiking / biking trails really close by. I walk my dog down to a nature preserve every day. The people here are so incredibly kind – from the patients to everyone I work with. It makes starting residency a lot less intimidating. Coming from SoCal, traffic here is basically nonexistent. I can get to work in 10-15 minutes (at peak traffic hours). Saving the best for last Columbia is a very dog friendly community! I love taking my dog out for ice cream in the summer and our favorite spot is Sparky’s. He loves their puppy cones and I’m obsessed with their honey lavender ice cream. I can also take him for strolls downtown and he’s welcome in a lot of the shops. Having grown up in socal, I was a little worried about moving to a city as small as Columbia. But, I have been very pleasantly surprised with the number of things to do, places to eat and overall affordability of this city.