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I am the oldest of seven children and graduated from the University of Florida, following my mother and grandmother into nursing. I practiced critical care nursing for seven years until entering medical school at UF. By the time I finished medical school, I had been at the same hospital at the University of Florida for 12 years, albeit in a variety of roles! I then traveled 3000 miles to UCLA for my residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, where I enjoyed the education and the weather.I am married to a physicist, and I have two daughters and a cat.
I love obstetrics and gynecology because every day is different! Some days, I have hospital duties at Piedmont Hospital, delivering babies and caring for members with gynecologic problems requiring hospitalization. Many days, I work in the office, seeing both prenatal and gynecologic patients. Several days a month, I do gynecologic surgery such as hysterectomies and laparoscopies at the hospital.While doing my residency training at UCLA, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a surgical rotation at a nearby Kaiser Permanente hospital. Almost immediately, I knew that this type of practice would be ideal for me. I feel lucky to have found an environment that allows me the freedom to offer preventive care and treatment.
My goal is to exercise five days a week, but more commonly I exercise three days a week. Most recently, I have had success with using a treadmill at home first thing in the morning and going to the local YMCA on the weekends.I am an avid reader and even listen to audiobooks while exercising and driving to work. Like many of my patients, I struggle to balance work and family life. My husband and I are actively involved at our daughters' school and their sports activities keep our schedule full!Lastly, I love to travel, but do not have the time to travel as much as I would like. Therefore, I get much enjoyment out of the planning and anticipation phase of traveling too!