Tell us a little about your background.
I’m originally from Ocala, FL where I grew up on a farm and spent most of my childhood riding horses. I joined the cross country and track teams in high school, and continued to run and compete on the Varsity teams while getting my undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. During my senior year, I made the decision to become a podiatrist and after graduation attended 4 years of podiatric medical School at Barry University School in Miami, FL. I graduated as Valedictorian. I was blessed to have matched with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and spent three years completing my surgical residency with some of the top podiatric and orthopedic surgeons in the country.
What characteristics come to mind when you think of the ideal doctor?
A: I think the ideal doctor embodies two main characteristics: honesty and compassion. I aspire to be someone who is going to treat each patient like a family member or a friend; someone who tweaks their recommendations based on each patient’s specific goals, lifestyle, and needs.
What drew you to the medical field? Was there a particular moment in time where you realized that you wanted to pursue medicine professionally?
I always had an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. I was actively applying to other medical schools in the early fall of my senior year when I received a flyer in the mail about a career as a podiatrist. I was intrigued, so much so that I unwittingly spent the next 10 hours researching the career, different schools, types of residencies. I was hooked! I couldn’t help but remember the times when me or a teammate suffered an injury that sidelined us from a meet. The team physician’s advice? “Just stay off of it for 8 weeks.” When I learned about podiatry, I immediately wanted to be the doctor that gave a realistic timeline for full recovery and a functional rehabilitation program.
What do you like most about living in Nashville?
Everything! Being back in the South, surrounded by nice people, good music and great food. The scenery here is amazing and I cannot wait to see the leaves change in the fall. I am also an avid runner/hiker and there are so many amazing parks and trails to explore.
What aspirations do you have both professionally and personally?
Professionally, I want to convert my Board Qualified status into a Board Certified status and continue the research I started during my residency on staged reconstruction of rearfoot and ankle deformities. Personally, I am excited to settle into my new town, become a part of the running community, and adopt a dog.
When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your time?
I love being outdoors, even better if it’s running or hiking on a trail. I also love a good crime novel and trying my hand cooking and baking new recipes.
What’s your favorite restaurant in town?
Edley’s BBQ. Publix is also a huge favorite of mine, especially the subs.
Do you know any good jokes?
I hate this question.