What do you do?
In clinical medicine, I guide patients physiologically through the experiences of surgery, trauma, critical illness and childbirth. As the founder of ChronAid, I influence policy in disaster response to include chronic disease planning, mitigation, and resources. I am also involved in other facets of disaster response including resource allocation and deployment.
Why did you choose this field?
Medicine and public health has always been my calling since I was a child. No one in my family is in healthcare, but I always knew that was what I wanted to do. As such, all of my choices as I grew up were in the pursuit of that goal. I also knew that I wanted to have a greater impact in the world which I saw through public health. I have travelled to other parts of the world, learning about medicine there and people and cultures. I consider that a vital part of any doctor's education.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Beginning to become involved in the profession of humanism in medicine. I wish I had known earlier that is was a formal area of study since my career has followed the path of this area of study organically already.
Why do you love working in STEM?
Figuring out the equation... finding the diagnosis is putting the pieces together properly, whether that is physiologic, behavioral, environmental, psychosocial, etc.... they all interplay in ways that produce the outcome of disease and how someone experiences that disease and just like a mathematical equation, they affect one and another.
Best advice for next generation?
Pursue the path that inspires you and dont let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Women are innovators and can often see solutions outside of the box. If you believe that you can do it, you will figure out the how.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Don't mistake my kindness for weakness.”