Hometown: Guntersville, AL
Education: Samford University (B.S.), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (M.D.)
Favorite Sports Team: Atlanta Braves, Auburn Tigers
Favorite Movie: When Harry Met Sally, Now & Then, Star Wars, Little Women, The Wizard of Oz
Favorite Music: Taylor Swift, Needtobreathe, Dolly Parton, Drew Holcomb
Favorite/Most Influential Books: Little Women (Alcott), Man’s Search for Meaning (Frankl), When Breath Becomes Air (Kalanithi), The Notebook (Sparks), Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Frank)
I spent my childhood in Guntersville, Alabama, and moved to Huntsville, Alabama, at the beginning of high school. No one in my family was in the medical field, but medicine was something I always felt called to pursue. In college at Samford, I started volunteering with a hospice company after working in an organic chemistry lab – I realized I was more interested in people than the actual science. I worked in Event Management for one year prior to starting medical school, and I acquired many useful skills during that time.
I attended medical school at UAB and decided to pursue Family Medicine because I found all of medicine interesting. After graduation, I trained at St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency in Birmingham. I started residency with a 3 month old infant son, and I found motherhood one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of my life. I have enjoyed watching my son grow in parallel to my own medical career.
During residency, I was able to participate in my first medical mission trip to the Ukraine. I also worked closely on a national ACGME Patient Safety Collaborative, and I was always interested in residency improvement processes. Throughout residency, I experienced a large amount of personal loss that has helped me prioritize my life goals and lean closer on God to guide my path. Following residency, I worked as a hospitalist and a Hospice Medical Director. However, I believe medicine is best practiced alongside others, and I am excited to work with residents and continue growing in my own faith and calling.