Degrees: AA, BS in Biology, MD
Home Town: Smithton, MO
Medical School: MU School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Career interests: Rural Medicine, Primary Care
Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies include spelunking, hiking, fishing, camping, archery, sewing, crafting. I have interest in rural medicine, primary care, and mentoring rural students.
Bio: I grew up in Smithton, MO, a small farming town outside Sedalia. My family worked in trades and farming, and I graduated from Smithton High School with a class of 37 students. I stayed home for the start of my college career and used the A+ scholarship to get my Associates of Arts degree at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO. I then went to Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO to finish my bachelor’s degree in Biology before making the big jump to the city for medical school at the University of Missouri- Columbia.
Growing up I knew that I was different, I had an insatiable interest in science and medicine. Instead of cartoons, I would watch shows on Discovery Health as a kid, and I spent recesses helping kids who had gotten hurt, get to the nurse. By mid-elementary, I figured out that all of my quirks were all attributes that would make medicine a great career path for me. Even at a young age, I always imagined myself caring for children as a doctor and all of my experiences in shadowing and clinicals reinforced my love for caring for the pediatric population.
Mizzou Pediatrics was always my number one choice when it came to residency programs. I interviewed at some great programs, but I always found myself comparing them to my gold standard of my home program. No matter how I looked at it, none of the other programs could beat the combination of our fantastic faculty, close-knit residents, proximity to my hometown and the small city environment of Columbia. Women’s and Children’s large catch area was attractive because it meant that I would get to take care of the kids of rural mid-Missouri, while still in residency. At the end of the day, I knew that I would be happiest and be able to make the biggest impact at Mizzou.