Major in Biology
Pennsylvania State University
Portland Family Medicine
Why did I choose Middlesex?
I chose Middlesex for many reasons, but chief among them was the people in the program. When I met residents and faculty in Kansas City and when I visited for my interview, I saw that people here are warm and friendly, supporting and caring, and wonderfully exciting people to work with (or hang out with). I knew that I could love working here because the people make it so terrific. As an afterthought, the four year program appealed to me because I am excited by so many aspects of family medicine and the chance for further training and exposure is incalculably valuable.
About my track and future goals...
I am on the Behavioral Medicine track with an interest in applying counseling skills normally used in psychiatric medicine to further enhance my office skills with medical patients. So much of what affects the care of chronic disease is based in the lifestyles and habits of our patients; to me it makes perfect sense that I should direct efforts into understanding, motivating, and counseling patients to make healthy choices to improve their chronic care. CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing are just a few means to make that happen. Also, given how much psychiatric illness is diagnosed within our exam rooms, I wanted to further expand my diagnostic and therapeutic abilities to offer broader care to this special population.
When I'm not on call, I'm...
Usually hanging out with my family or friends. Parenting a toddler takes a great deal of time and attention, so I'll often be found at or near home, with a two-year old in tow, throwing ball or blowing bubbles. We love hosting fellow residents and neighbors at our apartment for home cooked dinners and game night, often after our son is asleep.
A fun fact or two about me...
Turns out my red hair is from Ireland, must be lucky. Still, my paternal line traces back as far as 1791 here in the US. Still discovering more...