Hometown: Bakersfield and Delano, California
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Graduate Schools: Harvard University and University of Cambridge
Undergraduate School: University of California, Davis
Career interests: Improving policy and navigating the politics that affects the care of those who are having a challenging/tough day (i.e. our patients who we are privileged to care for in the ED)
Personal interests: Running is a gift along with mountains, the Boston Marathon finish line, treating friends to a cup of coffee/chai, sibling adventures including mountaineering and ultrarunning with my amazing brother Gavin in the Pacific Northwest, walk and talks with my best friend/husband (John), listening to inspiring audiobooks, Wolfpack adventures, and cheering on Clemson and USF football
Favorite things to do around Ann Arbor: Trail running around the Potowatomi Trail in Pinckney! Enjoying a walk/run and talk with friends and co-residents. Lemon scones at Zingerman's
Previous lives: My roots run deep in the Central Valley of California as my family has a cattle ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in Woody, California. There, I grew up learning the value of a hard day of work, how much I love horses, and being grateful for the mountains and rain. Went to UC Davis for college and had a transformational experience being part of the Clinica Tepati familia there. I then hopped the pond to England where I studied public health at the University of Cambridge and completed thesis work in Bulgaria. Worked on health policy and public health at the local, state, and federal levels and later served as a Senior Fellow to Rwanda's Minister of Health. Continued my deep dive on the politics of health policy as I completed my PhD in Health Policy at Harvard before starting medical school. It has been a long and windy road to medicine but it has been full of many meaningful adventures along the way!