I was born and raised in Anchorage, and am a third-generation Alaskan. After receiving my undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completing post-graduate work in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, I enrolled in the WWAMI program at the University of Washington School of Medicine and earned my medical degree in 2002. I completed a residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Indiana University in 2006, followed by two fellowships in gynecological surgery, specializing in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery with a focus in advanced pelvic surgery and robotic techniques.
The practice of medicine is well described as both an art and a science. But while practicing medicine is undoubtedly a privilege, it is also a job. I have long believed one of the most significant parts of that job is education; not only the education we obtain for ourselves, but the education we share with our peers and provide to our patients. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work alongside physician assistants from all walks of life whose dedication and expertise have repeatedly proven the invaluable nature of the profession. I was honored to be chosen as a faculty member for MEDEX upon my return to Anchorage in 2016 and am currently the Didactic Coordinator for the Anchorage site.