Hello! I grew up outside of the historic city of Philadelphia and went to Boston College for my undergraduate degree, where I studied Literature. After college I spent a year in Joplin, Missouri working for AmeriCorps constructing houses for families whose home were destroyed in the 2011 Joplin tornado. I absolutely loved my time in AmeriCorps and learned so much about the importance of equitable housing on communities and health. I also learned how to use all kinds of power tools! Fun!
I went to Temple University for medical school back in my home town of Philadelphia, PA! I felt so lucky to learn from the resilient communities of North Philadelphia about the issues of violence, housing, and education and how these play a role in delivering medical care to our neediest populations. I also learned about the value of humility and compassion when building therapeutic relationships with people from different backgrounds. I was lucky enough to spend time during medical school on a 6 week international education trip to Ghana where I learned about the Ghanian health system and maternity care. I also used my AmeriCorps construction skills to found the Temple Medicine Habitat for Humanity Club, which is still serving North Philadelphia to this day!
While at Temple I also earned a Masters Degree in Urban Bioethics, a field focusing on the ethics of delivering healthcare in resource-poor, culturally diverse setting, and using medicine as a tool to reduce inequality and improve lives. I wrote my thesis on cross-cultural delivery of end-of-life care and how to tailor hospice services to the needs of non-white families. I hope to use the lessons I learned from this project throughout my residency as I approach difficult conversations and attempt to bridge cultural divides to deliver high quality care.
I could not be more excited to continue my journey in medicine here at UNC Family Medicine! I’m thrilled to take advantage of the amazing Maternal Child Health curriculum, rigorous inpatient and outpatient training, and numerous international health opportunities all offered here at UNC. I know I will become a knowledgeable, skilled, and empathetic doctor who is well equipped to serve her patients throughout her career.
Education and Training
Residency, University of North Carolina, Department of Family Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 2017 – present
MD, Temple University 2017
Undergraduate, Boston College 2012
Foreign Languages Spoken