I was born and raised in New York. After completing my bachelor's degree at Wellesley College, I earned a master's degree in genetic counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. I also earned a certificate in neurodevelopmental disabilities through the Virginia Leadership Education Program. My parents encouraged me to follow my passion for learning through after-school science programs, educational summer camps, and participation in sports and the arts. My sister and I also spent summers with my grandparents, who inspired us to travel and respect different cultures. Throughout my life, I visited relatives on Oahu. When my husband and I were married in Haleiwa, we knew that we belonged in Hawaii. We were very happy to have the opportunity to settle here a few years later to start our family.
I love science, especially genetics. Throughout high school and college I worked and volunteered at the Dolan DNA Learning Center, a part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. When I was in college, I discovered the field of genetic counseling. I immediately knew this work would satisfy my desire for learning about genetics and helping others understand their genetic conditions. I’m an active member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. To stay current in my field I attend genetics conferences and specialty conferences in cancer genetics. I also participate in online trainings, as well as tumor boards and multidisciplinary clinics within the hospital. I'm proud to be part of our growing genetics department to continue to provide a unique perspective to a health care team to help give patients more personalized care. I look forward to knowing each of my patients by understanding their beliefs and individual perspectives through discussing their individual and family histories, which helps me understand their beliefs and unique perspectives.
My husband and I stay active with our son by walking our two rescue greyhounds around our neighborhood and taking him swimming. It’s also important for us to spend time with our extended ohana.