Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by how the human body moves, functions and thrives when given the optimal ingredients. I believe the approach to healthcare is multifaceted and patient-centered.
I have a BA in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Studying biology provided me a firm foundation in genetics, biochemistry and the scientific process, and playing soccer at the collegiate level further advanced my interest in exercise and fitness. After undergrad, I worked in the host genomics arm of a HIV vaccine research study for 3 years while obtaining a MS in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. During this time, I developed a rich understanding of SNPs and the importance of a population-based approach to infectious disease prevention and vaccinology. Desiring a more clinical role in healthcare I completed a BSN from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and worked as an emergency department RN for 6 years at OHSU. Working in an ED with a revolving door of medically complex patients provided an optimal learning opportunity in chronic disease management, but it dramatically highlighted our very broken healthcare system. Inspired to do better for our patients and communities, I stepped out of the hospital and into genomics-based personalized medicine, what I believe to be the future of healthcare.
Although I call the Pacific Northwest my home, I currently live with my husband, daughter and pup in a converted Transit van traveling the country. I love being a mother and was empowered and humbled by my pregnancy, birth and postpartum periods. Opting for the midwife-model and a midwife-assisted homebirth, I became acutely aware of the powerful, wise and unique nature of the female body, leading me to a strong interest in women’s health and tailoring lifestyle recommendations to our unique physiology. As your health coach with this lens, I am excited to meet you where you are and support you in your health optimization journey.