Though originally from rural southwest Missouri, I grew up in a military family and moved around the world as a kid. I ended up back in Missouri for my undergraduate degree at Westminster College where I studied biochemistry and French. Unable to kick the wanderlust that I developed in childhood, I joined the Peace Corps after college. I spent two years teaching English in the remote Mortlock Islands in the Federated States of Micronesia. My experience in the Pacific solidified my interest in medicine and showed me that the my real passion was sustainable, grassroots level work with those most in need. Just weeks after returning from Micronesia, I started medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina. At Wake, I became a National Health Service Corps Scholar and found my calling in family medicine and global health. I chose AKFMR for many reasons including its friendly, adventurous people, unique location, strong obstetrics training, transcultural medicine focus, and wilderness medicine experience.
Having hiked many of the mountains of North Carolina, I am excited to discover some challenging new treks in Alaska with the best hiking and camping buddy ever – my golden retriever, Tater Tot.