Why did you become a physician?
I grew up in a dual physician household. This provided a unique perspective of the joys and sacrifices of being a physician. It was during my adolescent years, working in my father’s primary care office, in the basement of our home, where I witnessed first hand the rewarding relationships caring for families and helping others. It is that connection which sparked my interest in medicine at an early age.
Tell us about your educational and professional background.
My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University. Then I completed a Medical Doctorate at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, before coming back to Lexington to complete a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Kentucky. My focus is primary care with an emphasis on prevention of illness, through dietary modification, physical activity and mindfulness. The last several years I have progressively increased my leadership skills with participation in the Kentucky Medical Association Community Connector program and Kentucky Physician Leadership Institute while working on a Certified Physician Executive distinction through the American Association of Physician Leaders.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
Currently, I am training for a 1/2 Women’s Half Marathon and the Bourbon Chase, a 200 mile relay race along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. It is empowering to be part of a team working together towards a common goal. In addition to running, I enjoy spending time with family & friends and spoiling my rescue dogs.
Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society?
My reason for joining the Lexington Medical Society was to meet physicians outside of a workplace environment. It is a great opportunity to engage and learn from physicians in different organizations and specialities. This is a place where you can be very engaged or participate in a few programs. They are focused on providing value for physician members and have a variety of programs for physicians at different stages in their career. I have enjoyed the CME educational programs featuring national speaker Dr. Dike Drummond at Keeneland Race Track, Negotiations through a partnership with the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business, Dr. Danesh Mazloomdoost HB1session, the leadership & advocacy programs in conjunction with the Kentucky Medical Association and focusing on community health initiatives. It is wonderful to be part of an organization dedicated to improving value for our members.