I am an Obstetrician Gynecologist because I believe that the women of our communities will be our saviors. Women are often the harbingers of health and wellness in families and as such, can be the spark to affect positive change in cultural, generational, and sustainable ways. I am optimistic that the relationship between provider and patient in a prenatal visit can lead to a patient re-claiming agency over her health care that can lead to a healthier delivery and family. I am ever-hopeful that seeing a patient for an acute or chronic problem, validating her experience, and explaining the disease process and proposed treatment plan with shared decision making can inspire more effective engagement with the health care system in the future. My goal of care for my patients is that they feel empowered to manage their health, optimistic in their goal for wellness, and able to incorporate guidance and recommendations to improve the health of themselves, their friends, and families. By serving each woman, I believe we are in fact serving the community as a whole.
My research passion is in improving health literacy. My prior projects have focused on patient education materials and their accessibility as a crucial first step in improving health literacy for the women I care for in my practice. My most ideal professional is being the doctor that treats and teaches.