University of Colorado
I grew up telemark skiing, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and otherwise experiencing natural beauty in Colorado. I went to college at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I majored in Physiology and Psychology and played club water-polo. As an undergrad I traveled to Quito, Ecuador to experience community driven primary care provided by Timmy Global Health. This experience opened my eyes to the importance of humanism in medicine and the power of the immeasurable qualities of the doctor-patient relationship.
I picked up a summer job as a beach lifeguard in southern California and returned to Colorado with a significant surfing habit. Next, I moved to California to teach Biology at Richmond High with Teach For America. In Richmond, I became well acquainted with social pathologies, inequality, and violence and developed a passion for facilitating science and health education. I also became dedicated to working with underserved communities. In medical school at the University of Colorado, I helped create a participatory community based research program and learned almost as much from my professors as from community members.
I want to be an integrative, full-spectrum, community focused family Doctor when I grow up and I’m ecstatic to continue my training in Ventura. The ideal learning environment of tethered autonomy and a culture centered around service and broad spectrum family medicine make this program unique and most excellent. The residents and faculty here are supportive, compassionate and knowledgeable. Since moving to Ventura I’ve enjoyed experiencing the nice views, small town friendly mentality, and thrift shops galore while procrastinating on wedding planning with my beautiful fiancé, Ashley.