I grew up in the eastern part of sunny San Diego. As a child I spent most of my time with family at the beach and exploring the outdoors. I enthusiastically picked up surfing when I was in high school. I ended up going to University of California, San Diego for undergrad - a spot that allowed me to study, while also catering to my love for the ocean. I studied Human Biology and minored in African Studies. I focused my studies on South Africa and had the chance to study there in my third year. While in South Africa, I volunteered at mobile medical clinics in the townships surrounding Cape Town. This was a profound experience for me that established my desire to work in an underserved setting in the future and pursue medical missions.
I left California for medical school and found myself in Denver, Colorado. Though far from the ocean, I fell in love with the mountains. In my time off from studies I enjoyed flying down trails on my mountain bike, learning to rock climb, and exploring the winter landscape with backcountry snowboarding. The first rotation that I had exposed me to Family Medicine in an urban underserved clinic in Denver. I loved the variety and the relational aspect of Family Medicine. I found myself drawn to this field because I enjoyed the thought of establishing and maintaining relationships with patients and helping them to change their lives in more healthful and meaningful ways. I loved the variety that family medicine had to offer, and the opportunity I would have to practice medicine in any corner of the world.
I knew that I wanted to practice full spectrum family medicine so as to be of the most service in an underserved setting - either in the US or abroad. I chose Ventura after doing a Sub-Internship here and seeing the incredible teaching provided at this program, knowing full well that it would prepare me to work in any setting that I desired in the future. My interests are in obstetrics, global medicine and OMM/alternative medicine. I am so happy to be at VCMC, surrounded by such incredible colleagues and teachers and in an environment that I know will shape me into a well rounded family physician.