Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I’ve spent the better part of 32 years bleeding maize and blue in the great college town home to the Wolverines. My path to medicine has been a bit of a circuitous one, however, as I studied Sport Management at the University of Michigan and worked a number of odd jobs in my twenties, including full time smoothie barista at Jamba Juice, cell phone salesman extraordinaire for Verizon Wireless, and farmhand on an organic farm on the island of Maui. Once I realized that pouring shots of wheat grass was not my calling, I returned to school to complete a post-bacc program and ended up back at the University of Michigan for medical school.
In my free time, I love spending as much time as possible in the outdoors, whether that means adventurous backpacking trips, car camping for the weekend with friends, or just relaxing on the beach at Lake Michigan. I’m also a sports fanatic extremely loyal to my Detroit teams (for better or worse) and love playing pickup basketball, soccer, volleyball, and spikeball (if you don’t know what that is, ask me about it).
I am unbelievably excited to move back to the wonderful city of Chicago, with its bustling street festivals, outstanding restaurant scene, and unrivaled summers. My love for this city actually stems from a yearlong stint I did here prior to med school as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a mental health clinic for Southeast Asian immigrants & refugees. So when I had the opportunity to interview at the University of Chicago and meet the exceptional faculty and residents here, it was a pretty easy decision of where I wanted to do my training.
Speaking of easy decisions, picking EM was just that. I love the fast pace and high acuity, the diversity of care delivered, and the breadth of knowledge and skills necessary to excel as an ED physician. My specific career interests are still very broad, but include EMS, ultrasound, toxicology, and medical education. What I love about UC’s program is that I know it will allow me to cultivate any or all of these interests over the course of the next three years and I couldn’t be more excited to start on that journey!