Where are you from?  I was born in Oakland, California but moved to Whidbey Island in Washington State when I was 10 years old. We moved there to help my uncle who was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma and that’s what introduced me to medicine. I went to undergrad at Western Washington University and medical school at Meharry School of Medicine.

What do you love about UMMC? Our program has great people who are always willing to help out. I feel like we all get along so well.

Tell us about a memorable experience from training. When I was an intern, my upper level resident had a family emergency. Many residents were called in to cover and not one of them complained. That instance taught me that this program really means it when we say we are all family.

What is one thing you would tell the incoming interns about what is to come? Confidence is one of the toughest things to develop but is the most helpful moving forward.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without any preparation?
Rugby. Or football. Or the art of napping.

What makes your day better?  It’s always a great day when there is food at noon conference!

What is something you wish you knew more about? What it’s like to have too much time off. Either that or mythology from other cultures, that’s always interesting to learn about.

Tell us something about you that we don’t know. I was a child model featured in Sears, Wal-Mart and similar stores’ advertisements.

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