Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Summa Health System/Northeast Ohio Medical University (Internal Medicine)
Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? Asthma was my introduction to the field. The Chrysalis program showed me that A/I was broader in scope, with the opportunity to explore atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis and learn both the pathology and treatment of different diseases of the immune system. The workshops and seminars at The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) conferences were inspiring.
What do you like about the IUSM program? The program is very hands-on, from writing the initial consult to performing skin testing and/or oral food challenges. This allows for a great collaborative learning environment between faculty, fellows, residents, med students, nurses and ancillary staff. Also, I enjoy the multidisciplinary clinics, such as the asthma high risk clinic with pulmonology; eosinophilic esophagitis clinic with gastrointestinal department and the Nalepa Lectures, with the hematology/oncology and infectious disease departments. It is a very well-rounded learning environment
Research/QI interests? My academic interests are high risk asthma with emphasis on the social determinants of health that contribute to it; and the intersection of food allergies, underserved populations and food deserts.
Future plans? Hybrid academic and private practice
Hobbies/ Interests? I enjoy visiting art museums and writing middle grade fiction books!
What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? The Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop in downtown Indianapolis that I enjoy walking along for relaxation and exercise. It runs through White River State Park, NCAA Headquarters, restaurants and an assortment of businesses. It is common to see the canal dotted with gondolas and pedalboats.
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? AI offered the best of both worlds in one field. I fell in love with Immunology class as an undergraduate and even more in medical school. Then, during residency, I truly enjoyed working with patients with common diseases such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and food hypersensitivities. I truly enjoy working with patients that suffer chronic illnesses such as immunodeficiencies and manage more complex issues while providing preventive medicine.
What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program? The program offers comprehensive clinical training in Allergy/Immunology in adults and pediatric patients with emphasis on evaluation and management of both atopic disorders and immunodeficiencies. This includes food allergy, allergic rhinitis, drug allergy, multidisciplinary clinics including EoE with GI, asthma high risk clinic with pulmonology and immunology clinic. Multiple outpatient centers across the area enhances ambulatory training experiences with diverse patient populations and pathology. It is a well-rounded learning environment, and very hands-on. All the people, including faculty, fellows, residents, medical students and nursing staff are very nice creating a great learning environment.
Research/QI interests? My academic interest include high risk asthma and health care disparities.
Future plans? Undecided, but thinking academic thus far.
Hobbies/ Interests? Love spending time with my dogs, going on walks and runs. Enjoy cooking and getting together with friends.
What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? I love how so many restaurants and outdoor areas are so close. Love the canal area, it is a beautiful spot for running or walking while enjoying the view.
Undergraduate School: Combined BA/MD Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: Combined BA/MD Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City
Residency: Pediatrics at Stony Brook University Hospital
Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? I became interested in the field of A/I through my experiences taking care of children with atopic disease and immune disorders during pediatrics residency. These are complex, challenging to treat, anxiety provoking medical conditions that can majorly affect quality of life. I realized that by working with these populations that I had a real opportunity to help both children and adults through the unique challenges they face.
What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program? The program faculty are extremely encouraging, approachable, and committed to teaching, which allows for an incredibly positive learning environment. There are truly so many opportunities to be hands on with patient care and no short of interesting cases to learn from.
Research/QI interests? My academic interests include high risk asthma, vaping associated lung disease, food allergies, and immunodeficiency disorders.
Future plans? I’m still deciding. I’m leaning towards academic medicine, but I’m also interested in learning more about A/I in a private practice setting.
Hobbies/ Interests? I enjoy music (e.g. musical theatre, singing, teaching myself new instruments) traveling, photography, and writing.
What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? I’m new to the area but the Canal Walk has quickly become my favorite spot in Indianapolis. It’s constantly buzzing with activity and the perfect place to relax in the evenings or on the weekends. I love spotting gondolas!