“One of the most rewarding aspects of working with patients is forming relationships with them and watching them triumph over disease and hardship. It is an honor to be trusted with an individual's well-being!”
My parents, particularly my mother, were the reason I chose a career in medicine. My mother has been an ICU nurse for many years, and my father is my biggest fan. I was inspired by my mother's love for patients and her vast medical knowledge; I was challenged and encouraged by both of my parents to pursue my passion for medicine, even though they were often sample patients. As a child, while others were making clothes for their baby dolls, I was making IV bags and nasal cannulas out of aluminum foil and sandwich bags. I also made bone casts out of popsicle sticks and paper towels. All of my patients always get the most thorough care!
One of the most rewarding aspects of working with patients is forming relationships with them and watching them triumph over disease and hardship. It is an honor to be trusted with an individual's well-being!
I am married and have an amazing and supportive husband, Barclay, a beautiful daughter, Margaret, (who is also the coolest person I know) and my beloved “first child” Buddy the black Labrador. I got Buddy when I moved into my first apartment. He has been with me through undergrad, graduate school, marriage and now a daughter. He is our beloved companion and the best big brother to our sweet Margaret.
My husband and I teach the high school Sunday school class and Bible study at our church. Growing up, I had some incredible people invest in my life; it is the least I can do to give back. Plus, high school students today are under more pressure than ever before - it's so good for them to have a source of positive encouragement in their lives.
The most influential book I’ve read is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. This is an excellent book that discusses medicine and end-of-life care. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is something we each have to face some day, and it is so important to be equipped to make decisions that will result in the greatest quality of life when it matters most.
If I didn’t have a career in medicine, I would have been an author. Who says it’s too late to try?