Intern Spotlight: Dr. Heidi Latiolais

First things first. How do you pronounce your last name?

Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being Dr. Latiolais. However, at seven years old, I had no idea how difficult it would be for others to pronounce my Cajun last name.

Latch-a-lay.

Tell us about you.     

I am an only child and was born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. We moved to Wichita Falls, Texas when I was in the second grade. My father retired from the Air Force and my mother taught preschool and I am grateful for their continued support and love.

I received my Bachelors degrees in Genetics and Biochemistry at Texas A&M University and my Masters degree at University of North Texas Health Science Center. I returned to Aggieland for medical school. (Gig ‘em, Aggies! Whoop!)

Why did you choose UMMC for residency?

The camaraderie among the residents and the support from faculty was evident on my interview day. It was during my interview with Dr. Weatherly that I decided to rank UMMC first. I looked forward to the possibility of being taught, mentored, and inspired by the women at UMMC who have proven to be successful, compassionate, and knowledgeable physicians.

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

I have always been a good listener. In most situations, I would prefer to listen rather than talk. I enjoy hearing about others’ lives and passions. I cannot imagine speaking to a large group of people without preparation for FORTY minutes!

What are some small things that make your day better?

Most any day can be made better with a cup of coffee and Chick-fil-A!

What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?

Honestly, there was no other plan! I was determined from a very young age to become a physician.

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