Alyse hails from the Lone Star State (aka Texas), but knows better than to say that everything is bigger there since moving to Alaska! She was initially pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, but, after a 2 month trip to Africa several years ago where she worked at a baboon rehabilitation center and completed an ecosystems study abroad course, her goals and ambitions transformed. She observed and experienced the dire living situations that many of the people were subjected to on a daily basis; she met and helped children without so much as a shoe on their foot or a shirt on their back bringing their family dog to get dewormed. She realized that this selfless population had a total absence of healthcare for themselves and decided that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping people attain the healthcare and compassion that every human being deserves, and thus switched her sights to human medicine. And she hasn’t looked back. She completed her undergraduate education at Texas A&M University, and received her M.D. from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She was attracted to Alaska because of the incredible, intelligent people that are the vital roots of this residency program as well as the beauty of Alaska and all the activities this state has to offer. Her medical interests are vast and include women’s health, rural/underserved medicine, international medicine, LGBTQ health, obstetrics, addiction medicine, integrative medicine, homeopathic medicine, adolescent medicine, wilderness medicine and wound care.