Residency: UT Southwestern, Anesthesiology and Pain Management, 2008 – 2012
Chief Resident 2011-2012
Fellowship: UT Houston/MDACC, Critical Care Medicine, 2012-2013
Current: Junior Associate, Excel Anesthesia, PA, Dallas, TX
What is your fondest memory of your time at McGovern Medical School?
My fondest memory at UTMSH has to be my third year OBGYN rotation at LBJ Hospital. It was a hectic rotation but my classmates and I bonded so much and solidified ties that we still maintain to this day.
What are your hopes for today’s McGovern Medical School students?
My hopes for today’s students are that they appreciate and learn the art of medicine. Our craft is much more technologically advanced which is great. But, I hope that the art of history taking, physical exam skills, and the power of human touch are not lost in their training of today. The moment we stop practicing the art of medicine all may be lost for our profession.
What inspires you?
My daughter, Tatum, inspires me. Her big brown eyes give me all the power and energy I need to face each day like it may be my last one.
Who is your mentor?
My mentor is Dr. Caroline Ferris. She is an anesthesiologist/critical care physician who can manage the sickest patient with both style and grace. She is brilliant, but still relates to every person as if they are the most important person as she interacts with them.
What skill is most vital to your job?
The skill most vital to my job is the ability to be flexible but not breakable. As anesthesiologists we provide a service for our surgeons that is invaluable. Oftentimes, plan and procedures change and we must be able to navigate the waters of change easily but still be vigilant and keep patients safe. We always have a plan A, B, and C running through our head at all times!!!
What is the one thing you can’t live without and why?
I can’t live without my Iphone. Our group uses our Iphones to send out the daily schedule, text about case statuses, and also bill through an app as well. It is a must have every day at work.
What fulfills you most?
I am most fulfilled when I experience true moments of laughter and joy with my family and friends. In those moments I feel love and know that God has truly blessed me to share with others.
Who would you most like to meet (alive or deceased) and why?
I would love to see my grandmother Lorene Nelson again. She passed away my third year of medical school. It would be amazing to sit with her in her kitchen and talk about life over a cup of coffee.
What has been your greatest adventure?
My greatest adventure was studying abroad as an exchange student the summer of my junior year in high school. I lived in Kumamoto, Japan with a host family for almost five months. It was a total culture shock but I learned so much about myself.
What is your favorite word?
My favorite word is “closing” when said by a surgeon!!!