Tell us about which medical school you attended and why it made the top of your list:
For medical school, I attended the University of Toledo College of Medicine… Go Rockets! It felt like I fit right in when I visited, and I could see myself spending 4 crazy years there. Everyone on campus seemed relatively happy, which was a plus. Bonus, it was close enough to home to have a home-cooked meal occasionally, but far enough that I still felt like a real adult, which is the best of both worlds!
Where did you complete your residency? How/Why did you end up choosing that location?
I completed 3 years in EM at the University of Toledo Medical Center. After spending 4 years of my life in Toledo for med school, I felt my northern Ohio accent was not quite up to par, so I decided to give it another 3 years to perfect it! All joking aside, I fell in love with the EM program in Toledo. We had a rural, academic, and downtown trauma center we rotated through and the attendings/staff we worked with made it near impossible to leave with how amazing they were. I knew I was going to learn a ton and felt like I was in my element there…
I finished my PEM Fellowship in 2017 at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio. Apparently, I just could not get enough Ohio in my life! I had an amazing two years filled with a variety of peds cases, great friends, and lots of laughs. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
Since I was young, I always had an interest in medicine, with my brother and I performing our first solo surgery on my headless stuffed teddy bear. Fear not, he went on to live a full and fluffy life! Also, my mom was an amazing nurse and role model growing up. I remember visiting her at work and thinking the hospital was super cool but also a complete mystery which kept me thinking I had to learn more.
What about becoming a physician was attractive?
Over the years my family has had multiple medical experiences – some good, some not so good, and some of the worst days of our lives. The thought of being “that person” who could be there for someone and help them navigate through their own “good, bad, and in-between” moments was something that always drew me towards being a physician.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
This one was an easy decision! Early on, I learned early I was NOT an office person, because I enjoyed a little bit from every rotation and loved solving puzzles. Emergency Medicine seemed like a natural decision. Plus, organized chaos was the norm growing up in the Williams’ household, so I was prepped for this field at a very early age.
What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?
I love working with tiny humans! I specifically chose to specialize in Peds EM because in addition to emergency medicine you get to take care of adorable kids (and be a big kid) all day… what could be better?
What led you to practice with MEMA?
3 years ago, I moved down to Charlotte to work at another hospital and started moonlighting with MEMA to gain more Peds EM experience. Over the years, I have grown to love this Peds ED and staff so much that I made the switch to MEMA full time and haven’t looked back.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you?
Honestly, the entire Peds ED staff is what sticks with me most as they are an amazing team. They take the best care of all the Peds patients while making me laugh and feel accepted into the PEM family every time I work.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
I am a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the NC College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP), and the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS).
Have you received any awards or been recognized by your peers? If so, tell us about it!
In 2018, I was given the prestigious “Doogie Howser Award: Most likely to be mistaken for a first-year resident” and I cherish that golden urinal trophy more than anything! Otherwise, my award portfolio is a little lacking. Although, if there is ever an award for “Sparkliest Physician” I would like to be in the running!
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I had several: I wanted to be a librarian, a hairstylist, a professional gymnast (despite never having taken gymnastics ever in my life), and a song parody writer. The last one is still on the table if medicine doesn’t pan out.
What about Charlotte excites you?
I love the atmosphere of Charlotte with the outdoor culture, the lack of snow (usually), and having every craft brewery imaginable at your fingertips! I’m excited to spend more time here and explore.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
I enjoy running, bar trivia, puzzles of any kind, and Segway tours (if you haven’t been on one, you’re really missing out). I keep a Rubik’s cube in my car (for red light stops only) so my skills don’t get rusty. I also have an uncanny ability to rhyme and make up silly songs on the spot which turns out to be very useful in Peds!