After graduating from the UW in 2003 with degrees in Women Studies and Chemistry, I continued the journey I started in high school in the broad field of public health. For 5 years, I worked as a clinical researcher at the UW Medical Center and Virology Research Clinic. I also continued my volunteer work with farmworkers and as a healthcare advocate for uninsured women. I graduated from MEDEX in 2010 and completed my Master of Public Health degree at the UW in 2011. I joined Group Health Cooperative later that year and currently maintain a busy primary care practice in south King County. I served as Medical Center Chief of my clinic from 2014 to 2016. From 2010 to 2013, I was part of a medical organization that provides disaster relief in regions with limited medical care, and served in Nicaragua, Kenya and Sudan.
I joined the MEDEX faculty in the Spring of 2016 after several years as a locums instructor. My work as a PA and educator is humbling, enlightening and rewarding. The intersections of social determinants of health, race disparities and the current healthcare crisis are large and profound. It is my intention to take the knowledge I acquired through MEDEX, the passion I developed in high school and the training I obtained as a healthcare provider and reinvest them in the future.