Born in Arkansas, my family and I moved to Chapel Hill during my middle school years. For college, I ventured north to New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College. There, I studied anthropology, with a particular focus on the experiences of Latino migrants in the United States. I decided that pursuing medicine would allow me to combine my interests in the individual experience of health and illness and the social determinants of health. After college, I spent a year working for a youth organization called Soccer Without Borders in Nicaragua, where I coached a soccer team and mentored adolescent girls.
I returned to North Carolina for medical school, where I was surrounded by faculty from the UNC Department of Family Medicine. My interactions with the faculty, who were involved in a wide variety of educational and service experiences at the UNC School of Medicine and in North Carolina, inspired me to pursue a career in family medicine. Within family medicine, I am particularly interested in medical education, geriatrics, immigrant and refugee health, and care of LGBTQ+ populations.
Outside of work, I enjoy playing sports, including soccer and tennis, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. I also enjoying cooking and visiting farmers’ markets in the area.