I grew up in Bridgeport, WV on a small angus cattle ranch. I graduated from college in 2009 with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale. During undergrad, I immersed myself in music and biochemistry research; nonetheless, I had a brief but illuminating stint as an EMT on an ambulance that opened my eyes to the conditions in which many people--even those who are not below the federal poverty level--live. Before coming to UVa, I spent a year managing a biophysics lab and working on RNA crystallography. I loved the intellectual challenges of the laboratory, but I realized that I need to combine that intellectual challenge with one-on-one contact with people in my job every day. This realization combined with my interest in health disparities and rural living led me to the realization that a career in primary care might be for me. I love variety and I thrive in a constantly changing environment; consequently the idea of being a rural primary care doctor who sees a wide variety of patients every day is exciting to me.
I believe the field of primary care is on the cusp of many changes and advancements. I decided to join the Generalist Scholars Program not only to gain more insight into the particular issues facing primary care, but also to gain clinical primary care experience and excellent mentorship. GSP has also given me the opportunity to pursue MPH coursework at the beginning of my medical studies, which will give me a unique public health perspective when I begin my medical school studies. When I'm not reading and studying, you can find me playing violin in the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, checking out all the great places to eat in C'ville, and running and doing yoga around town.