What is your specialty?
Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine
Why did you choose your specialty?
I was initially board certified in both internal medicine and in pediatrics, and over time I decided to focus on internal medicine and stopped practicing pediatrics. Later, I also became boarded in palliative medicine because I enjoyed helping people during the hard stages of a potentially life-threatening and serious illness, specifically being able to support them through the illness and help give them quality of life. Internal medicine is a fascinating specialty with daily challenges that gives me the opportunity to connect with my patients.
Where did you go to school and do your training?
Med School UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Med School in NJ
What do you like most about being a doctor?
Watching the patients heal and get better in front of your eyes.
If you weren’t a doctor, what would you do?
This was actually a difficult question to answer. I probably would have been a stay-at-home mother or a missionary.
How do you ensure your patients feel heard during their visit?
I try my best to explain things in plain terms and I ask them at the end of the visit if they feel that I missed something, basically giving them an opportunity to address anything they feel unsure about.
What is something that people may be surprised to know about you?
I liked climbing trees as a child and eating fruit right off the trees. One day I climbed to the top of a mango tree and ate so many mangoes that I got sick and haven’t eaten them again! I love trees, mountains, birds, nature, sunsets and sunrises….and I love the New Orleans JazzFest!
Why did you choose the Physician Group?
I love that we can pray openly as a group and express our faith. I love that my opinion is heard and validated. The facilities are very nice, and the EPIC computer system is very helpful in managing our patients in a more effective way. Hearing a CEO praying prior to a meeting is something I had never experienced before and is a breath of fresh air.