Tell us about which medical school you attended and why it made the top of your list:  

I attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). It offered a fantastic education and a robust clinical learning environment where students work at multiple high acuity hospitals, serving a large and diverse patient population. The faculty members I learned from were amazing and there was a great sense of community among the medical students. UMMSM offered many opportunities to volunteer in the community through several student-run free medical clinics and health fairs in South Florida. During my time there, I co-founded a Patient Education Clinic at one of the medical clinics where our mission was to help increase patient’s understanding of their medical conditions and work to improve their overall health.


Where did you complete your residency?  How/Why did you end up choosing that location?

I completed residency at the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) where I did a month-long rotation there as a medical student and was in awe of the incredible physicians I had the opportunity to learn from and take care of patients alongside of. It was then, I knew I wanted to continue my training at CMC for the next 3 years. CMC gave me the opportunity to work at a very busy high-acuity trauma center in a supportive work environment with nationally renowned faculty members. I loved the Charlotte area and knew it was somewhere I could see myself living long-term.


Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?

I have always wanted a rewarding career where I felt I was making a positive impact on a community and to work in a field where I could continuously learn. A career in medicine allows me to do that and gives me the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds and perspectives on daily basis.


How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?

Taking care of a diverse patient population, including people of all ages, backgrounds, and acuity of illness is both challenging and rewarding. Emergency medicine physicians help all patients who walk through the door, including those who have nowhere else to go, and that is very meaningful and gratifying.


What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?

Working alongside a group of people who only want the best for the patients they serve. The emergency department is a high-stress, ever-changing environment and when you’re surrounded by the right people with a similar desire to take care of both patients and each other, it’s incredibly fulfilling.


What led you to practice with MEMA?

After finishing residency in Charlotte, I knew I wanted to stay locally. MEMA has a phenomenal reputation in emergency medicine, and during my interview, it was clear that a supportive work environment and excellent patient care was a priority for them. Since starting with the group, I have seen this and feel very fortunate to be a part of the team.


Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?

I am a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), as well as the North Carolina chapter (NCCEP), the NC Medical Society, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA).


Have you received any awards or been recognized from your peers? If so, tell us about it!

I was very honored to be selected for Alpha Omega Alpha while in medical school. This is a national honor society that selects medical students in the top quartile of their class who also excel in areas outside of academics, including leadership, community service, and research. I also received several national awards for the research I did in medical school, including First Place in the Public Health and Epidemiology category at the American Medical Association National Research Symposium.


What was your dream job when you were a child?

I have wanted to become a physician ever since I was nine or ten years old, and to have been able to make that a reality is very meaningful. I am incredibly thankful for the support of my family, friends, teachers/professors, mentors and colleagues over the many years it took to make my dream a reality.


What about Charlotte excites you?

I love that Charlotte has the amenities of a large city while still having a small-town feel. And there are so many fun outdoor activities – I really enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking and white water rafting at the Whitewater Center and the mountains and beach are not too far away.


Do you have any Hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?

I love swimming at the local YMCA, paddle boarding and kayaking, hiking, reading new books, and spending time with family and friends.

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