A CU Medicine provider.
My overarching goal is to improve the quality and quantify of life among people with HIV and sequelae of other infectious diseases.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, running, hiking, and traveling.
Qualifications and experience
- Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Infections, Immune System - AIDS / HIV Disease, Immune System, Immune System - AIDS Immunization
- Languages spoken
University of Nebraska Medical Center Program (2005)
University of Colorado (2011)
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (2004)
University of Nebraska Medical Center Program (2008)
Augustana College (IL) (2000)
- Clinical interest for patients
My clinical interests for Infectious Diseases include general infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, and management of multi-cormorbidity in HIV infection.
- Research interest for patients
My research is focused on the complications of aging, understanding the mechanisms of successful aging, and implementing interventions to ensure successful aging among persons living with HIV and other infectious diseases. My current research is investigating the benefits of different intensities of exercise, the impact of adjuvant therapies (i.e., statins), and the role of body composition (muscle, fat) on the physical function of older adults with HIV. Some antiretroviral therapy has been associated with weight gain, and I also study mechanisms and interventions for this weight gain.
More recently, my research has expanded into complications of COVID-19, and I am the site-PI for the RECOVER Study to understand post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV2, co-PI on RECOVER clinical trials for therapeutics to treat chronic complications of COVID-19, in addition to a recently completed R01 supplement to test a rehabilitation intervention following COVID-19.
As an infectious diseases trained physician with expertise in gerontologic principles and epidemiology, I am also dedicated to mentoring the next generation of clinicians and researchers.
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