I was raised in the hills of North Georgia and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Global Politics and Economics (Go Vols!). After graduating, I headed north to Philadelphia as a National Health Corps member where I served at the Nationalities Service Center, the city's largest refugee resettlement agency. I stayed on for two more years as a medical case manager for refugees with chronic illnesses and disabilities, while also helping with Affordable Care Act outreach to Philadelphia immigrant communities. This work fostered my interest in both primary care and health policy, especially the impact they have on marginalized and low-income populations.
Following my stint in social work, I joined the Sidney Kimmel Medical College class of 2019 at Thomas Jefferson University. During the four years, I became increasingly interested in how research impacts health policy and advocacy efforts. Coupled with my continued affection for primary care and family medicine; the MedStar and Johns Hopkins Family/Preventive Medicine program was an ideal fit. I am also thrilled to move to Baltimore where I plan to eat lots of crab, hang out in Patterson Park, and pretend to be a Ravens fan.