Undergraduate School: University Texas El Paso
Medical School: Universidad de Autonoma Guadalajara
Clinical Interest: International Medicine, Underserved population, Preventive Medicine
I was born and raised in El Paso Texas, and medicine was one profession that never crossed my mind. It was not until I found myself staring death right in its eyes that it became clear.
At the age of 17 I was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation type II. I had a surgery to correct my malformation, which complicated into a spinal cord injury. It was during that time that I lost all motion from my neck down and was relying on medical technology to keep me alive. It was then that I saw both the very ugly side of medicine, as well as its true beauty.
With the blessing from God, the love of my family and the caring hands of my many physicians I was able to make a full recovery. My injury forced me to understand life in a whole new way. Those long days in the hospital and the endless hours of intense rehabilitation instilled within me the values of empathy, compassion, devotion, determination and a true love of medicine.
I was able to graduate the following year from high school, and I attended the University of Texas El Paso where I graduated with a bachelor of science in Clinical Laboratory Science. I then worked two years in San Antonio, and from there I attended medical school in Guadalajara.
In my spare time, I enjoy working out, cooking, trying new restaurants and traveling when I have time and money.