Medical School: VCOM Carolinas
Hometown: Acton, Massachusetts
Undergraduate School and Degree: USC, BS Exercise science, Psychology minor
Graduate School and Degree: USC, MPH, Health Services, Policy and Management
What prompted you to become a physician? Prior to attending medical school, I was employed with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) and served as a Manager of Health Initiatives for four years. My role was focused on improving health outcomes in our pregnant Medicaid population, the underserved areas of our state, particularly counties without an OBGYN physician, as well as some work on the South Carolina Graduate Medical Education program and other healthcare policies. I had the unique opportunity to work with physicians across the state and get to know the components of the patient population they served. I was inspired by the work of so many of the hard-working physicians I met combined with volunteer experiences on a medical mission trip and clinical hours in a pediatric practice, I realized where I wanted to serve in the healthcare world. It was not behind a desk developing policy and programs, looking at patients as statistics, but on the front line working to improve patients’ health directly.
Why did you choose osteopathic medicine as your career? Osteopathic medicine became an obvious choice for my education as it aligned with my career goals and personal beliefs of healthcare. Coming from a public health background you view healthcare as much more than simply visiting a doctor when one is ill. Many factors are considered including socioeconomic status, quality of life, family and social support, religious beliefs and much more, all impacting a person’s health and ability to heal from illness; The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
Why did you choose VCOM? From visiting VCOM for the first time to interview day I knew VCOM was more than a school, but system of support from faculty and administration to current students. There are so may unique opportunities from mission trips and research to events like mini-med school (teaching high school students about the human body and healthcare) that help shape you, challenge you, and, discover your passion in medicine. I was also really drawn to VCOMs missions to address rural healthcare shortages and the opportunities provided for students to work in rural settings.
Are you involved in any community/volunteer activities?
- SCMA student section executive board member and SC MedPAC student representative
- Via Wellness – Physical committee chair
- Pediatric, OBGYN, and MOVE student organization member
- Volunteer at health screenings and St. Luke’s free clinic
Tell us more about you: significant other, children, pets, hobbies, interests:
I was born and raised in Boston, moved to South Carolina to attend USC and never left. Hobbies include running (I have run 3 marathons and hope to run the Boston marathon next), hiking, traveling, skiing (alpine and nordic) and figure skating. I recently adopted a kitten named Picasso. One of the most important things I learned during my first year of medical school is to cherish free time spent with friends and family.