I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. A horse-lover at heart, I went to college at University of Kentucky so I could live in the horse capital of the world for 4 years. It was there that I participated in a World Food Issues track and initiated a strong interest in a whole food, plant-based diet. This quickly led to a passion in preventive medicine. I attended a fantastic osteopathic school in Athens, OH where I was enveloped by a delightful, supportive community atmosphere and learned to love yoga. I met my husband on a tough internal medicine rotation in our 3rd years of medical school. Both of us being from small, farming communities, we wanted a culturally diverse residency experience. Somehow, I stumbled upon MacNeal Family Medicine Residency and found that it felt like a home away from home.
I now realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have trained at such a well-established, smoothly organized program with an atmosphere of support, encouragement and family. I am honored to have been chosen to serve as chief resident and learned a lot about teaching and administration during that last year of my training. Well before graduation, I felt confident about my skills as a family physician and would be comfortable working in multiple contexts including outpatient continuity care, urgent care, hospital medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics including nursing home care, and women’s health. Residency also taught me to love teaching clinical skills to students and residents alike. When offered the opportunity to serve as faculty at MacNeal, I immediately knew that nothing could be better for me while still here in Chicago.
My husband and I live in Berwyn and we just welcomed a new baby into our lives. I enjoy yoga, gardening, cooking, and taking care of our ever-surprising, mischievous dog.