Raised in Amarillo, Texas, the daughter of a teacher and a social worker, I was involved in community service from a young age. As a cultural anthropology major at the University of Texas, I participated in a Human Rights Delegation in Bosnia, which led me towards an interest in development work.

On a subsequent medical mission trip to Kenya, I saw first-hand the influence doctors could have on not only treating disease, but also improving health, which spurred my interest in becoming a physician. Before starting medical school, I moved with my husband to Sanaa, Yemen, where I taught English and studied women’s health as part of my MPH.

I was drawn to Family Medicine because of the focus on the patient as a whole and the integral connections with public health. Following graduation from medical school at UT- San Antonio, I chose UNM for my residency training because of the strong commitment to community service, public health, rural medicine, research and innovation.

As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, I am committed to serving the underserved, and the opportunity to be in an academic center in Albuquerque for a year, followed by a community program in Santa Fe, is ideal for training me to be an excellent Family Physician ready to practice in any setting.