A.T. Still School of Osteopathic Medicine
Santa Cruz, California
Why Kaweah Delta?
I selected Kaweah Delta for residency as a major focus of theirs is helping
the community. From a young age, my parents made it a priority to always
treat the community as a member of one’s own family. Our community
is, in essence, one large family able to help one other. This is exactly
what Kaweah Delta focuses on, helping the community in order to be one
successful family. This is especially seen with the Street Medicine program
which prioritizes providing healthcare and other essential services to
those in need, especially the homeless community. While completing residency,
I aspire to join Kaweah Delta in bringing success and health to our community
Why did you choose Emergency Medicine?
I chose Emergency Medicine as I love the challenges provided by the variety,
unexpected and, at times, the chaos that comes in through the doors. I
thrive in high stress environments where my mind is taken to manage numerous
tasks. I also enjoy the mystery and detective work Emergency Medicine
requires the need to put together the lost pieces to figure out the case
for the patient. Having a father who is an Emergency Medicine physician
also showed me how rewarding the career can be as, on a daily basis, one
makes a difference in people’s lives.
Traveling, cooking, eating, taking my dogs hiking/swimming, relaxing with
my fiancé and parents.
What is the most important advice you have for patients?
The most important advice I have for patients is to always be honest and
open to those taking care of you. No matter how embarrassing or difficult
it may be to tell your story, it is always best to tell the whole truth.
In the end, it will benefit yourself the most. Those of us in the health
field have heard a wide range of “stories” and circumstances.
We make our decisions based, in a large part, on the history we are given.
Being given inaccurate, misleading or incomplete information makes our
ability to provide the care being sought much more difficult and challenging.We
want to know the full truth in order to give you the best care and possible outcome.
What advice do you have for a student who would like to become a physician one day?
For any students wishing to become a physician, my biggest advice would
be to never give up. It is a very difficult, long and stressful process
from beginning your undergraduate career, to taking the MCAT and then
applying and interviewing for medical school programs. There will be numerous
times where you will want to give up and live a much simpler and relaxed
life where you have endless hours to see family/friends. But, always remember
why you want to be a physician. Keep that passion and desire to help others
as your constant fire pushing you forward. All of your hard work and dedication
will pay off. But no matter how hard you work, always enjoy the process
and be thankful for those who helped you succeed.
What is something about you most people do not know?
Growing up, I was fortunate to own and board my two horses in my backyard.
I would spend my free time caring for and riding my horses. I’m
also in the process of getting my California Real Estate License as I
love real estate/ interior design.
Who influenced you to become a physician and why?
I have been very fortunate to have grown up with a family in the medical
field. Having had multiple uncles, cousins as well as my father being
an EM physician and my mother being a nurse, I have been surrounded by
the medical field my entire life. Although this must have played some
aspect in my desire to be a physician, I believe the biggest influence
was my brother. My brother was unfortunately born with a rare genetic
disease and suffered from many medical complications throughout his life.
I have seen, and experienced, the realities of being a family member in
the emergency room, scared and anxious waiting for the outcome. I want
to be a physician that helps patients and families in times of darkness and need.