Bio: I grew up in a close knit family of five, as the youngest of three daughters. Despite not having anyone in the medical field in the family, I knew at a young age that medicine was the path for me. I grew up playing competitive softball and being around sports my whole childhood, so health and exercise science became a large area of interest, and my future area of study in undergraduate. Following college, I took four gap years to work in healthcare, while also keeping my favorite job (serving and bartending) at a brewery in Fort Collins. In the hospital, I worked as a Cardiac, Perioperative, and then finally as an Anesthesia Technician before medical school which were all amazing learning experiences and solidified my path to becoming a physician.
I was fortunate to meet my boyfriend Chris at the beginning of medical school, and I am so thankful he’s been by my side for this wild ride. We have a female black lab/pit/boxer mix puppy named Stevie, who loves meeting all other dogs!
Family Medicine was the obvious choice for me as I have way too many medical interests, I love the patient relationships, the preventative health focus, the numerous options for my future practice type, and being able to take care of patients throughout all ages and stages of life.
Why Via Christi?
After rotating with a Via Christi graduate, I knew I had to check out the program. I had a short sub-I near the end of interview season, and man, was I impressed by the people and the program. Everyone was so incredibly kind, hard working, and seemed like the kind of people who would push me and help shape me into the physician I want to become. I’ve told Dr. Dooley this, but I had always thought if I left Colorado I would at least be gaining an ocean or something - but this program and the full-scope training and OB experience that I will get here is unmatched and was enough to actually make me want to leave my favorite state.
Passions/Hobbies: Snowboarding - which is a little challenging in Kansas, taking our dog Stevie to the dog park, going to concerts or comedy shows, golfing, camping, gardening, traveling, garage saling, trying new foods, game nights, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on any Colorado sports team.
Favorite Vacations/Places I have visited: Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, Sevilla Spain which was where I was fortunate to study abroad in college, and Florence Italy for the sights and of course the food!
Plans after residency: My boyfriend and I intend to make our way back to Colorado to be closer to our families. At this point in training, I am still considering Sports Medicine, OB, or adolescent medicine. Again, way too many interests, so this is still yet to be determined.