Hello! I grew up in Greeley in northeastern Colorado, a town known best for its agricultural economy and home to a growing immigrant and refugee community who I have been privileged to serve and learn from and who ignited my passion for serving diverse, underserved, and rural communities. Following high school, I went to a small, liberal arts college, Colorado College, where I was a Political Science major with a special interest in public health and global health. In college, I studied aboard in Ghana and conducted research in India looking at the politics affecting polio eradication. Inspired by the amazing efforts and leadership of local community members during my global travels, I wanted to learn more about the social determinants of health in my own community. Thus, before starting medical school, I worked at a local anti-hunger and advocacy organization in Colorado.
I attended the University of Colorado School of Medicine and had the opportunity to be involved with the Rural Track as well other groups dedicated to reducing health disparities using community-based participatory research methodologies. Between my third and fourth years of medical school, I attended the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina (Go Heels!) where I completed a MPH researching cardiovascular risk factors among migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
I am so excited to be at VCMC for residency and learn full spectrum family medicine from amazing faculty and peers. Excited for what my career will bring, I hope to use my training at Ventura to practice and serve diverse and underserved, rural communities. When not at the hospital, I enjoy traveling, adventures in the outdoors, lazy weekends exploring the local farmer’s markets or thrift shops, spending time with family and friends, and cultivating my new California-inspired hobby of succulent gardening.