Donna is from many places. She grew up in the south and midwest, followed by a good stretch of time in upstate New York. She graduated from Cornell University then spent several months journeying across the US, rising and setting with the sun while backpacking through many national parks. After an Americorps VISTA year in Arizona working in refugee health, she made her way back to New York, this time the big city, for medical school at Mount Sinai. She enjoyed learning from the diverse, urban underserved patient populations, and the experience offered a unique perspective in her vision of becoming a small town family doc. She was drawn to Alaska for the full-spectrum rural medicine training and, of course, the mountains. She loves the continuity within family medicine and being able to take care of all members of a family. Her interests include chronic disease management, women’s health including obstetrics, and behavioral health. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing ultimate frisbee. Her spirit animal is the pika.