I graduated from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I completed my residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland and began working for one of the Cleveland Clinic’s hospitals.
When I was twelve or thirteen years old, I knew I wanted to go into obstetrics and gynecology. I’ve always had a passion for women’s health and I’ve always wanted to empower women to feel good about their bodies. My practice is very personal to me because I think women need to take ownership of their health. I believe that educating women about their bodies and their health is one of the most important things I do because knowledge is truly empowering, especially for women. I serve women of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds. I truly care about each patient and that they get the best care they can no matter who they are. I also love delivering babies, so becoming an obstetrician was always my dream.
Several years ago, I began looking for a new job, because the Cleveland Clinic was closing the facility I worked in. I had a young daughter at the time (and two grown children), and I wanted to relocate to a smaller city to raise her. I think there is something about Sandusky that really grows on you. I like the people here and the environment is so much different than living in Cleveland. I needed a place that was more family-friendly. It became more important to me to raise my daughter in a small town and Sandusky was perfect for that.
There are so many great things about Firelands. I came from a city (Cleveland) where two hospital systems were constantly battling for market share in every specialty. That meant that the administration was very intrusive in private practice and it made it difficult to do our jobs well and to take care of patients the way we felt was best. Firelands is truly much more physician-led when it comes to care for patients. The administration at Firelands listens to the needs of the physicians and responds accordingly. I also think that the physicians have formed more of a community here; it is not as competitive as the bigger systems sometimes get. This collegial nature and responsiveness means that we are better able to meet patient demands and care for our community.