University of Southern California
I was born in rural New Mexico and still maintain strong ties to the Southwest, but I grew up in nearby Santa Barbara and am so happy to return home for training at VCMC. At 17 I left home for a two -year international program at the United World College. In the mountains of Northeastern New Mexico, surrounded by classmates from various countries, cultures, and backgrounds, I was inspired to find a career where I could make a difference.
After studying International Studies at Vassar College, I returned to California for medical school at USC and enjoyed the clinical training at LA County Hospital. It was there I learned medical Spanish and I knew I would spend the rest of my career working with a medically under-served patient population.
From USC I completed two years of residency in OB/Gyn at UC Davis, where I established an invaluable foundation in women's health. It was there in Sacramento that I came to the realization that I wanted the breadth of training that only a full spectrum family medicine program could provide. I am so proud to be training here at VCMC, surrounded by inspiring colleagues dedicated to taking care of their community. Rural health, global health, and underserved medicine are some of my interests in medicine and my training at VCMC will prepare me to take care of patients in any of these settings.
When I am not in the hospital I enjoy staying active - running, climbing, biking, surfing or doing yoga- and spending time with friends and family.