Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
Medicine was an interest of mine from an early age—the science, the challenge, the working with hands and mind. Growing up, I was a student athlete; I learned the value of teamwork and training, becoming a leader, and understanding perseverance and commitment. These values are not only reserved for athletics; I naturally applied them to other areas of my life, and identified them in medicine and surgery.
What I want my patients to know about me:
I want my patients to know that I care about them. I am sympathetic to the impact that a cancer diagnosis has on my patients and their families. My years of research, education and training, as well as ongoing work, are all for the goal of being the best physician and surgeon that I can be for my patients. After completing surgical residency, I chose to pursue additional training to specialize in surgical oncology and breast surgery. This brought me back to Pennsylvania, where I completed a fellowship that further advanced my skills in surgical oncology. I strive for the best for my patients.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
My life outside of work is dedicated to my family—I have a wonderful husband, one (soon to be two) happy and energetic young children, and a spunky little dog. We like to stay active and be outside as much as possible. We enjoy getting out on the trails, attending local sporting events, trying new restaurants, and visiting the farms. We also enjoy traveling when we can—visiting friends and family around the country and beach vacations are our favorites.