I like blood, politics, and mascara.
I’m a Texan at heart, spending most of my life in Austin, TX (1998-2010). However, I [reluctantly] admit I’m now a boomerang kid to the Midwest—I was born in Rolla, MO. (But migrated quickly to Phoenix, AZ before landing in Texas.)
I grew up really interested in policy and politics—Jon Stewart was my first crush when he covered Bush v. Gore on The Daily Show back in 2000 (I was 10!), and he (and now also Stephen Colbert) still make my heart flutter. Was really involved in journalism and debate in high school and thought I was law or business school bound, but then discovered this great scam that we call the healthcare insurance industry that really stole my interest for reform.
Graduated UT Austin in 2010 and decided to go to medical school to dive straight into the system and hopefully identify areas for improvement from within. I had full plans to mostly do administrative and policy work after graduating, but life had a different plan for me and I ended up falling in love with patient care and emergency medicine.
Obamacare stole my thunder for initiating healthcare reform, and I spent much of medical school highly involved with healthcare policy & politics and organized medicine; now my interest is (besides patients) healthcare delivery, ACA implementation, cost-containment, efficiency/quality improvements, and patient safety and advocacy. Emergency medicine was the perfect place for me as a major access point/gateway into healthcare and also (clinically) the best 15 minutes of every specialty!
Despite the snowy tundra of sub-zero temperatures and windchill that I experienced on interview day, I still could not stop thinking about University of Chicago the months afterwards. On Match Day, I opened the envelope, jumped up & down and squealed until I became hypoxic, and then immediately bought tickets to Lollapalooza. I graduated UT Southwestern Medical with my MD that May, and now I’m headed back to the Midwest!
I spend most of my time running (I’ve done many many many marathons, half marathons and smaller races), traveling (gone to over 20 countries and hope to hit them all eventually!), dancing (East Coast swing is my favorite), doing yoga, snowboarding, wake-boarding, boating, surfing, cooking, playing the ukulele, reading & writing, jamming to new music, and making my mother worry unnecessarily (skydiving, bungee-jumping, ATV-ing, racing cars, etc.)
I can be spotted in my native habitat at music festivals (Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, ACL, Outsidelands, and EDC rank among my favorites), various medical conferences, the gym, the lake, airports, coffee shops & bookstores, and of course: the ED!