I was born in Nashville, Tennessee but I have lived most of my life in the small suburban town of Madison, Connecticut. I grew up with my younger brother and my mom, an incredibly resilient lady with whom I share my love of academics, my affinity for board games, and my enthusiastic dance moves.
When I was nine years old I decided that I wanted to be a doctor and I’ve never wavered from that calling. My love of medicine is rivaled in strength and duration only by my love of summer camp. I grew up by the pines of Camp Hazen, YMCA, returning for eight summers as a camper, three as a counselor, and, finally, one as the Girl’s Village Director. It was at camp that I discovered my talent for putting out fires (both literal and metaphorical) while watching over hundreds of campers and staff.
For undergrad I studied psychology at Brown University in Providence, RI. Brown provided me with countless opportunities to lean into my extracurricular interests, all of which helped me to hone in on what I care about most in the medical field. I taught sexual education to middle schoolers and worked with Health Leads, a national program which aims to fight health disparities by addressing social determinants of health such as housing and food access. I also had the incredible opportunity to spend five months in Ecuador and Peru, learning from local medical clinics and working in a shelter for teenage mothers. These experiences affirmed my belief in the value of developing social outreach and education programs in medically underserved communities, a belief that I know will continue to shape my career.
I returned to Connecticut for medical school at UConn. There, I involved myself in student government, developing a strong interest in academic leadership and administration. I considered specializing in almost every other field before discovering emergency medicine, but my relationship with EM was love at first shift! The biggest “aha” moment for me was realizing that constantly meeting people in the ED and shuffling between patients was reminiscent of the jobs I’d loved most, like waitressing and working at camp. I felt right at home amongst the chaos of the ED and in the company of the friendly and level-headed EM staff.
Now, I’m incredibly excited to complete my training at the University of Chicago. Though I’ve never permanently lived outside the East Coast before, I’m ready for the adventure. I fell in love with the Midwest while biking across the country in 2016 and with the city of Chicago shortly thereafter. On my interview day, I was enamored. It was striking to me that UChicago has the resources of an academic hospital while functioning as a county hospital for the surrounding communities. The opportunity to use and improve my medical Spanish, the strong affiliated children’s hospital (with an adorable monster mascot!), and the option to partake in flight medicine all stood out to me as well. Mostly, though, I loved how comfortable I felt with the residents and faculty all day long, and how seamlessly I seemed to fit into the strong community that exists at U of C. I feel honored to be a part of the newest class and I can’t wait to see what the next three years have in store.
Outside of medicine, when I’m not stopping strangers on the street to pet their dogs, I’m bargain-hunting on Google flights and dreaming about my next adventure. I have an extremely social cat named Rascal and a soft spot for audiobook memoirs that are narrated by the author. For the past two years my boyfriend and I have gotten season passes to Six Flags, and I’m excited to compare the Chicago roller coasters with those from the East Coast! Like any sane human I’m a big fan of pizza – I’ve decided that Giordano’s > Lou Malnati’s, but I will go to my grave saying that you haven’t lived until you’ve tried authentic New Haven style pizza from Connecticut!