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 to an amazing and supportive husband, Barclay. We have two incredible children; Margaret and Thaddeus. We love spending time together. Our family is very involved in our church and community service. “We have been blessed with wonderful people around us and are eager to give back!”
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?