University of Wyoming
Des Moines University
Rural medicine, Women’s health, Emergency medicine
I was born and raised in the scenic mountains of Wyoming. Much of my youth was spent building forts, climbing trees, hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping. My teenage years were spent catering to the multitude of tourists in my small hometown of Cody as a hostess at a local restaurant. I went to college at the University of Wyoming where I majored in psychology, which has proven to be quite useful in helping patients. During college and for one year afterward, I worked in a behavioral AIDS research lab interviewing gay men and meth users, entering data, and creating educational materials on the transmission of HIV. Once I was accepted into medical school, I moved to the “big city” of Des Moines. It was quite a culture shock for a person that came from a town of 8500 people. Fortunately, I adapted quickly, and came to enjoy all that a larger city had to offer. I look forward to living in the even bigger city of Phoenix and experiencing the southwest lifestyle during residency. I will certainly not miss the bone chilling winters of Wyoming and the Midwest.
In my spare time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, shopping, and generally going “out on the town”. Camping, hiking, and fishing are also of great interest to me and I hope to continue these while in Arizona. Modeling is another interest of mine, and I try to do as much as I can, whether it is photo shoots, promotional modeling, runway, or television commercials.