University of Colorado
I grew up in a small town at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, CO. With the amazing outdoors and family nearby Colorado was hard to leave, so I found myself at University of Colorado-Boulder for undergrad and Denver for medical school. During college, I studied Biology and International Affairs. My focus on Latin America allowed me to travel to Costa Rica and Chile to study Spanish and explore, dive deeper into Bolivian politics for my thesis and learn about how political systems can shape many disparities including health.
I took one year off before medical school that was full of adventures! I worked in an international school near Lake Lugano in Switzerland, taught computer skills to Ugandan midwives at a health clinic and worked as a para educator for children with special needs in a 1st grade classroom near my home town.
The friendships I made in Uganda brought me back to East Africa twice more during medical school. I went back to Soroti, Uganda to teach a refresher course on neonatal resuscitation and I also worked on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV research in Nyanza province, Kenya. I have seen many different ways to approach global health, both good and bad, and I hope to be a part of collaborative and sustainable global health efforts that empower and provide resources to my medical colleagues already working on the ground.
I tend to get excited about most things, but I am beyond excited to be here at Ventura learning broad-spectrum family medicine!! I am constantly impressed by the teaching, commitment to the underserved and the approach to hands-on learning. My specific interests include underserved care, global health, HIV medicine and obstetrics/women’s health.
Outside of work, my co-interns have become my Ventura family (including three that I live with) and we are often exploring beaches, hiking, biking, and playing ukulele.