I grew up in Port Townsend, WA, a town of about 9,000 people that is just a ferry ride and short drive from Seattle. My childhood was spent playing with the neighborhood kids in the woods and on the beach, doing many sports and musical activities (soccer, gymnastics, track and field, and orchestra), and going on annual camping and backpacking trips with my parents and younger brother.
As a child, I enjoyed reading history and writing historical fiction, and in high school I developed a passion for biology; these interests made me want to find a way to address social justice through the biological sciences. I studied Neurobiology and Global Health for my undergraduate education at the University of Washington, and I also had the opportunity to do an internship abroad in Bolivia – one of the poorest and most socioeconomically disparate countries in South America. While interviewing patients as part of a qualitative study on how socioeconomic inequities affect health in the cities of La Paz and Tarija, I discovered my love for connecting with people through their personal narratives and became inspired to improve health through a holistic understanding of individuals, families, and communities. For me, medicine felt like the perfect intersection of science, stories, and social justice.
I attended the University of Washington for medical school as well, this time completing my first two years at the regional WWAMI site in Spokane, WA. During this period, I developed interests in community organizing, refugee health, American Indian and Alaska Native health, addiction medicine, quality improvement, and narrative medicine through my extracurricular projects and community service. For my third and fourth year clinical rotations, I worked in a variety of communities in the five regional WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho), which helped me realize that I enjoy the scope of practice, in-depth understanding of patients’ lives, and connection with the community that physicians can experience in rural family medicine. My dream for after residency is to practice full spectrum family medicine in a small rural community and to fully embody my role as a physician to engage in direct patient care, community organizing, and public health. I feel extremely grateful and excited to be completing my training at VCMC, where there is a focus on strong full spectrum training, an amazingly close-knit and supportive community of co-residents, faculty, and staff, and a shared mission to serve the diverse needs of the patients of our county with high quality, equitable, comprehensive care and a humanistic approach.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing soccer, running, paddleboarding, hiking, skiing, playing violin and ukulele, and training in the circus arts of aerial silk and lyra hoop.