One of the main attributes that drew me to neurology was the necessity of spending time talking with and examining our patients to reach a proper diagnosis. We have made incredible breakthroughs in technology, but I found that sitting down to converse with and examine patients to reach a diagnosis that cannot be made with a simple test was most rewarding. I also recognize that medicine is a team sport, and partnering with the healthcare team is critical to providing our patients with the best care possible. Additionally, early in my training I realized that while we are traditionally trained to focus on the medical illness, other aspects of a patient’s life (social, emotional, financial, etc.) can be just as essential to proper diagnosis and treatment; to not acknowledge this often means missing a key aspect of their health and well-being. In a specialty in which many of our diagnoses can be scary and disabling, I strive to take the time to evaluate and get to know my patients as a whole person as I feel this is essential in helping me to know how to best partner with them in their care. Personally, that’s why I wanted to become a doctor in the first place.
I am originally from North Carolina, which usually becomes apparent after talking for awhile as my accent slips out eventually. I live with my husband and our four furbabies – two dogs and two cats. We love white water rafting, traveling, hiking and reading. In my spare time I also enjoy crochet and other types of crafting.
Qualifications and experience
- Hospital Medicine, Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology
- Languages spoken
Rush University Medical Center (2017)
Wake Forest School of Medicine (2016)
Wake Forest School of Medicine (2012)
Wake Forest University (2008)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Member Board Specialty Year American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology American Board of Medical Specialties Neurology 2016 American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology American Board of Medical Specialties Clinical Neurophysiology 2017
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