I grew up in Rockville, Maryland where I spent most of my teenage free time distance running and visiting art museums in Washington, DC. When I started at Barnard College in New York City, I did not think that I would become a doctor. At school, I was involved in multiple forms of community activism. During the summers, I dedicated my time to basic and translational research at the Laboratory of Translational Genomics at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. At some point, I realized that I could combine my two major interests – advocacy for the underprivileged with the study of human diseases – into the single goal of becoming a physician. After college, I returned to the Laboratory of Translational Genomics to spend another year studying signaling in hepatocellular carcinoma cells.
I next started medical school at Tufts University in Boston – where thanks to incredible mentors, I discovered family medicine as the specialty that allows for the practice of medicine in virtually all settings for virtually all patients. At Tufts, I served as volunteer case manager and Mandarin Chinese interpreter at the student-run free clinic, The Sharewood Project. In my fourth year, I was fortunate to be the national student representative on the Board of Directors and the Medical Student Education Committee for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).
I am delighted to be at VCMC to train in broad-spectrum family medicine. Additionally, I look forward to becoming acquainted with West Coast mannerisms, exploring California state parks, and improving my Spanish language skills.