FQHC TRACK RESIDENT: PROSPECT HILL
I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful team, and to help you achieve your health and lifestyle goals! Here’s a bit of information about me.
Growing up in the Bronx, New York, I spent much of my free time with my community theater program. I completed a BA in Science in Society at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, learning about how science is created from a historical, sociological, and philosophical perspective. While in college I also practiced as a doula, supporting women during procedures at Planned Parenthood. After college, I spent two years working as a research coordinator with the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank, studying neurocognitive changes in older adults living with HIV. I loved spending time connecting with participants and hearing their life stories.
My first time coming to North Carolina was for my interview for medical school at UNC School of Medicine; little did I know I would soon fall in love with this state! I was thrilled to attend a medical school with such a strong commitment to public health and took an additional year to complete an MPH at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. My time at UNC also cultivated my passions in education and health equity, and I spent 4 years helping create and implement trainings to empower medical students, residents, and faculty to respond to discrimination and mistreatment in clinical settings.
My third year of medical school was spent at UNC’s Asheville campus, where I got to see how helpful a rural, full-scope family physician could be – building trust with local communities, providing comprehensive and affordable care, meeting community needs (including gender-affirming care and medication-assisted therapy), and advocating for patients when they need additional care. I knew I wanted to be that kind of physician. UNC’s Family Medicine residency seemed like the perfect fit with the rural track, Spanish curriculum, and full-scope training! Additionally, I have felt consistently supported by faculty and residents at UNC Family Medicine; I knew this would be a program that would push me to grow to be the best physician I could be while also providing me the support I need to achieve my goals. My husband and our two dogs are thrilled to be staying in the area as well.
While I am so excited to practice as a full-scope family physician, I have particular interests in women’s health and procedures, lifestyle medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, preventive medicine, health equity and advocacy.