Where did you grow up?
Virginia Beach, VA
Why did you become a doctor and why did you choose your specialty?
My interest in medicine started with sports medicine in high school and strengthened during college through my coursework and a mission trip to Nicaragua. Like many physicians, I went into medicine to help people and make a difference in their lives. During my training, I found infectious diseases to be a challenging and rewarding specialty. What I like best is that most of the children we see get better.
What do you most enjoy doing outside of your clinical practice, when you’re not working?
Spending time with family, watching Steelers football, and learning to play the ukulele.
Describe your proudest accomplishment as a provider and/or in your personal life:
Personal – being a part of two national championship teams while playing field hockey at Old Dominion University.
If you weren’t a doctor, what profession would you most likely be doing and why?
Professional – I feel most proud as a physician when I can effectively connect with families, teach them about their child’s illness and celebrate together as their child gets better.
I would likely be a teacher and field hockey coach because I enjoy working with children and making a difference in their lives.