I was raised in the piney hills of Haynesville, Louisiana. I received my BS in biology from Louisiana Tech University and both my BS in Physician Assistant (PA) and Master of PA Studies from LSU Health – Shreveport. I am currently embarking upon the dissertation phase as I pursue a PhD in health studies at Texas Woman’s University, where I have also completed a post-master’s certificate in interprofessional informatics. I have practiced in several medical disciplines including primary care, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and rheumatology. However, my passion lies in providing care for patients with diabetes mellitus. Beside my PA certification, I also hold certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHESÒ) and a Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS). I am active in the PA Education Association, where I serve as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Mission Advancement Commission, Faculty Skills 101 Workshop facilitator, and Cultural Perspectives editor for the Journal of PA Education.
I am excited to be a part of the MEDEX team and the Department of Family Medicine as an assistant professor and the diversity co-chair. I am honored to contribute to such a dynamic program and strive to continue the legacy of MEDEX founder, Dr. Richard Smith by “multiplying my hands” through educating and deploying culturally-sensitive, high-functioning PAs throughout the WWAMI region and beyond. My academic and research interests include the intersection of medicine and social justice, the impostor phenomenon in underrepresented minorities in medicine, health promotion and education, serving medically underserved populations, and the role of social determinants of health in clinical decision-making. Outside of work, I am active in the community most notably through my fraternal organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I view medicine as a ministry and consider it an intrinsic duty to promote and deliver high-quality healthcare.
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Dr. Maya Angelou