Bio: I have always wanted to be a family physician because of the special relationships you are able to build with your patients. To me, family medicine is the perfect balance between the art and science of medicine. I enjoy developing relationships with people, communities, and colleagues while also maintaining a wide breadth of medical knowledge. I get excited by being the person who guides patients and families through health problems. Family medicine people are my people!
I chose the University of Missouri because of the program’s commitment to not only to training exceptional family physicians, but also to improving the communities that they serve. On my interview day I truly got the sense that this program understood that so many social determinants impact health, and that it is our responsibility as physicians to address all aspects that affect our patients. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic I was not able to visit Columbia and actually did not get the chance to visit even prior to match day! However, the faculty and residents were able to paint such a vibrant picture of the city, I was confident I’d be happy here!
I grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin which is a smaller city on the coast of Lake Michigan. For me, being surrounded by water of any type has allowed anywhere I live to feel like home. I then moved to Madison, Wisconsin to pursue my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and medical school at the University of Wisconsin. I am an enigma in my family because I come from a family of lawyers. This means that I am no stranger to arguing, or as my family calls it “debating” and that I can on occasion be slightly stubborn. More positively though, my family of lawyers has influenced the way I see the importance of being an advocate as a physician. In my free time I enjoy houseplant gardening, trying new craft beers, cheering on Wisconsin sports teams, experimenting in the kitchen, and facetiming with my nephew!
I collect penguin themed items. My favorite Instagram account is the Shedd aquarium in Chicago which highlights the adventures of Wellington the penguin.
I believe that any bad day can be remedied with ice cream.
I love traveling and have the goal to set foot on every continent. 3 down and 4 to go!
I love taking care of geriatric patients and addressing the complex medical and social situations that complicate their care. I plan on pursuing a geriatrics fellowship and incorporating it into my career as a full spectrum family medicine doctor. Additionally, I have special interests in obstetrics, addiction medicine, and advocacy work. I like a little bit of everything which is what makes family medicine a perfect fit!