Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
I was born and raised in York, and my grandparents had a dairy farm in Stewartstown. I loved spending time on the farm. I thought for sure I would become a veterinarian. Eventually, I realized I was allergic to cats... AND, I didn't really like them either. I am 100 percent a dog person! I turned my attention to human medicine and eventually found my passion in women's health care. I don't know if medicine was ever a conscious choice, but rather a natural attraction I couldn't evade. It overpowered self-doubt, academic setbacks, and impatience.
What I want my patients to know about me:
My strengths as a physician are my roles as a translator and problem solver. I love to translate medical knowledge into practical knowledge for my patients. Patients are then able to make informed and individualized choices regarding their health. I always loved puzzles as a child, and now I solve puzzles every day. The pieces are the symptoms, lab data, and physical exam findings or the literal pieces of the human body during surgery. The final picture is an accurate diagnosis, a cohesive treatment plan or a healed body after surgery. It is challenging, but the end result is beautiful!
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
Just like everyone else, when I am not at work, I juggle my other jobs: wife, daughter, sister, friend, and the best and most challenging of all... mom. My husband and I have been married for eight years, and we have two absolutely hilarious and beautiful little boys who are growing up way too quickly. We also have three dogs. Boys + dogs = balls, noise, dirt and fun! Every day I am excited to see what God has in store for us...triumphs, tribulations, blessings and challenges!