University of North Carolina

Hi All, and Welcome to UNC Family Medicine! I grew up in Burlington, NC and am proud to be the UNC Lifer of the class of 2015 (Yay Heels!). I graduated from UNC with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish and then moved to Washington, DC, where I worked on a community research program studying overweight and obesity in Latino youth and adolescents. I joyfully came back to UNC-CH for medical school, where I continued pursuing my passion for Latino health by working with SHAC (the student run free health clinic that our residency program also mans each week), and by joining a comprehensive Spanish health tract. I spent my last two years of medical school in Asheville, NC with UNC’s Longitudinal Program, a curriculum that focuses its clinical years on rural health and the continuity of patient care rather than the traditional block curriculum. During third year, I experienced a love of all rotations, especially OB, pediatrics, and adult medicine. It was in Asheville where my love of family medicine fully became realized, when I worked closely with a preceptor who practiced the true definition of family medicine, caring from pregnant patients, the children she had helped deliver, and adult patients. I saw that full scope family medicine was the perfect blend of continuity, biopsychosocial understanding, and would allow me to still care for children, women, and adults, so I never looked back!

During the 4th year interview trail, I looked all over the United States, but still did not find a program that I felt fit me as well as UNC. The academic rigor that UNC provides as well as the full scope training that you receive really appealed to me. In addition, the focus that is placed on Maternal and Child Health and the opportunity to work with underserved and Spanish speaking patients was also a huge draw for me. When I graduate residency, I hope to go into an underserved, rural practice with the ability to do OB, and I saw myself receiving the best training to be prepared for this setting at UNC. Plus, I can’t say enough amazing things about my fellow colleagues and attendings – I knew at UNC I would gain an instant family and support system with a great dedication to medicine, which was a huge influence in choosing a residency program.

I like to spend my free time with my husband, John, and our dog, Wylie, doing all the things we love best – seeing friends, traveling, spending time outdoors, hiking, and spending time with our families. I am also really trying to become better at cooking and baking, but I have yet to impress so far. I enjoy going to concerts (Chapel Hill has some great ones!) and other fun activities in the area. My favorite place to be is in the mountains of NC, so if I get a chance, I try to go up as much as I can!

Interests – Maternal and Child health, Underserved/Rural populations, Latino Health

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