Hometown: Munster, Indiana
Undergraduate Degree (and Institution): BS in Psychology with minors in biology and chemistry at IU
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?: As a kid, I was inspired to become a doctor while watching my mother treat patients in a medically underserved community in northwest Indiana. Since then I knew I wanted to make a meaningful impact in my community by becoming a physician.
Why did you choose to specialize in ophthalmology?: Choosing ophthalmology was a bit of a surprise to me at first. I discovered an unexpected love for surgery in medical school and began searching for a specialty that would be the 'perfect' fit. I'm very lucky I found some excellent mentors along the way such as Drs. David Gross, Louis Cantor, Alon Harris, and Brent Siesky who instilled a love of the field into me. With great continuity of care, rapidly growing technologies, and a good clinic to OR balance, ophthalmology was the full package.
How did you feel when you matched with IU School of Medicine for your residency? What about this program appealed to you?: I was ecstatic when I matched into IU. I've been a Hoosier all my life, and I was excited to join a program that emphasizes resident education and attempts to push their residents towards becoming competent clinicians.
What has been your most memorable experience in residency so far?: Hard to pick just one! Honestly, any encounter where I'm able to connect with my patient while helping them see better is a memorable experience. I could elaborate further but for the sake of HIPAA, you'll just have to take my word for it!
Who is a faculty member you enjoy working with? Why?: Again, it's very hard to pick just one. I really enjoy working with all of our faculty -- from our strong glaucoma team to our enthusiastic neuro-ophth faculty to the staff over at the VA and everyone in between! Everyone is dedicated to careful practice management techniques and resident education.
What do you admire most about your co-residents?: I admire their willingness to go out of their way to help each other. It's a great feeling to know that your teammates always have your back.
What gets you through a long, stressful shift?: Knowing your actions are directly benefiting people is a great feeling even when your exhausted from a long work week. Other things that help get me through are my faith, lots of snacks, and the knowledge that I'll be going home to my kitten very soon!
What are some of your hobbies and interests? How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?: Focusing on health, family, and fun definitely helps prevent burnout for me. I try to stay active by running or doing various at-home cardio workouts. I also like to partake in game nights with my co-residents, read poetry, and stay in touch with my family! (The occasional online shopping spree also never hurts.)