Hi everyone! I was born and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia and then moved across the state for college at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia where I majored in biology with a double minor in Spanish and leadership studies. During undergrad, I volunteered at a free clinic as a scribe and my love for serving the underserved was ignited. I continued Eastward and went to medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. While there, I volunteered at our student-run free clinic in multiple capacities – first as a shift manager, then as a chronic care clinician working one-on-one with patients with hypertension and diabetes. I was also involved with the medical Spanish program and worked at our student-run free clinic’s Spanish-speaking clinic.
I finally decided it was time to leave Virginia for a while and am so lucky to be at UNC for residency! I was initially drawn to the underserved track because it fit so many of my interests – caring for the underserved, working with Spanish-speaking populations, and being in a more rural environment. I am somewhat proficient in Spanish currently, but wanted to be able to come out of residency fluent and able to serve Spanish-speaking patients without a translator! The amazing faculty and residents at UNC are what really sold me on the program – it was evident on my interview day and dinner the night before how much the residents truly enjoy being together and how the faculty want to help in any way possible. I have felt supported since day 1 and couldn’t have imagined a better place to train for the next 3 years!
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband and our German shepherd, as well as scheming for when to get a golden retriever! I also enjoy watching sports of any kind, spending time with family and friends, and reading.