Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center
Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? AI offered the best of both worlds in one field. I fell in love with Immunology class as an undergraduate and even more in medical school. Then, during residency, I truly enjoyed working with patients with common diseases such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and food hypersensitivities. I truly enjoy working with patients that suffer chronic illnesses such as immunodeficiencies and manage more complex issues while providing preventive medicine.
What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program? The program offers comprehensive clinical training in Allergy/Immunology in adults and pediatric patients with emphasis on evaluation and management of both atopic disorders and immunodeficiencies. This includes food allergy, allergic rhinitis, drug allergy, multidisciplinary clinics including EoE with GI, asthma high risk clinic with pulmonology and immunology clinic. Multiple outpatient centers across the area enhances ambulatory training experiences with diverse patient populations and pathology. It is a well-rounded learning environment, and very hands-on. All the people, including faculty, fellows, residents, medical students and nursing staff are very nice creating a great learning environment.
Research/QI interests? My academic interest include high risk asthma and health care disparities.
Future plans? Undecided, but thinking academic thus far.
Hobbies/ Interests? Love spending time with my dogs, going on walks and runs. Enjoy cooking and getting together with friends.
What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? I love how so many restaurants and outdoor areas are so close. Love the canal area, it is a beautiful spot for running or walking while enjoying the view.
Undergraduate School: Combined BA/MD Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City
Medical School: Combined BA/MD Program at University of Missouri-Kansas City
Residency: Pediatrics at Stony Brook University Hospital
Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? I became interested in the field of A/I through my experiences taking care of children with atopic disease and immune disorders during pediatrics residency. These are complex, challenging to treat, anxiety provoking medical conditions that can majorly affect quality of life. I realized that by working with these populations that I had a real opportunity to help both children and adults through the unique challenges they face.
What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program? The program faculty are extremely encouraging, approachable, and committed to teaching, which allows for an incredibly positive learning environment. There are truly so many opportunities to be hands on with patient care and no short of interesting cases to learn from.
Research/QI interests? My academic interests include high risk asthma, vaping associated lung disease, food allergies, and immunodeficiency disorders.
Future plans? I’m still deciding. I’m leaning towards academic medicine, but I’m also interested in learning more about A/I in a private practice setting.
Hobbies/ Interests? I enjoy music (e.g. musical theatre, singing, teaching myself new instruments) traveling, photography, and writing.
What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? I’m new to the area but the Canal Walk has quickly become my favorite spot in Indianapolis. It’s constantly buzzing with activity and the perfect place to relax in the evenings or on the weekends. I love spotting gondolas!
Undergraduate School: Indiana University Bloomington Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine Residency: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Indiana University
Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship?
Training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, I felt strongly about continuing to care for both populations in my future career. I loved the experiences I had in both Allergy and Immunology in my training. In my residency training, I had great pleasure in diagnosing and treating atopic conditions and relieving the morbidity my patients went through on a daily basis. Immunology is an academically stimulating field, requiring methodical and thoughtful investigations into complex patients. I solidified my interest in Allergy/Immunology after participating in the Chrysalis program through the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). All of these interests made Allergy and Immunology the perfect field for me.
What do you like about the IU School of Medicine program?
I knew that I would leave this program being prepared to do anything within Allergy/Immunology, whether it is in clinical or basic science research at academic center, private practice, or in industry. As the primary academic and referral center in the state of Indiana, we see a diverse population in regards to both patient demographics and medical complexity. I have great ownership of my patients in my ability to provide care plans and perform and interpret testing, including skin prick testing and specialized immunologic labs, while feeling supported by the fellowship program. I love the people at the IU School of Medicine, not only within the Allergy/Immunology program, but in all the programs that we work alongside, from Pediatric Genetics to Adult Pulmonary. Everyone has been approachable and supportive of my academic and personal needs, which is not always the case at other major academic and research institutions.
I have interests in medical education and transitions from pediatric to adult care, particularly in high-risk asthma.
I am undecided at this time. I enjoy teaching residents and students and have an interest in clinical research, so I am leaning academic medicine
I love playing board games and cooking good food with my fiancée!
What do you enjoy in Indianapolis?
I am a big fan of our major and minor league sports teams, the local restaurant and brewery scene, and bar trivia. We love local hikes and the arts available in Indianapolis, including the Indianapolis Art Museum (Newfields), shows throughout the city, and Gen Con (the largest tabletop gaming convention, held downtown)! Indianapolis is affordable, all while having every amenity of a major city.