I grew up in a mill town in rural northern California and despite living in San Francisco for nearly 8 years, I have always considered myself a small town person. I went to college at Whitman in eastern Washington, then spent a year in the Sierra Nevada foothills working at an outdoor education center and rock climbing in Yosemite and the sierra every weekend.
After that I moved to Guatemala to teach English in a town called El Naranjo Frontera near the Mexican border. I volunteered evenings and weekends at a clinic run by “promotores de salud” (community health workers). I was inspired by the promotores’ capacity to fortify their communities by providing basic health care services as well as leadership and advocacy. After a year in Central America I moved back to California, took a job with the San Francisco Health Plan helping to manage the city’s Medicaid population, and applied to medical school.
I attended UCSF for medical school, and then took a brief detour to Sacramento to train for one year at UC Davis Medical Center before making my way north to join Valley Family Medicine Residency in 2018.
Within family medicine my interests include narrative medicine, care of the underserved and point of care ultrasound. When I’m not at work, I love to spend time outside climbing, running and riding my bike. I also love surfing! Even though there does not seem to be much of it up here in Washington, I keep my wetsuit and longboard handy for the rare wind swell strong enough to make waves at Discovery Park.