Undergraduate School and Major: Skidmore College, Neuroscience
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Life/professions/adventures prior to attending medical school:
I worked in a lab researching pulmonary inflammation and asthma in mouse models while trying to minimize my contact with mice as much as possible. Needless to say, it was not my calling. I also spent a summer biking 4,000 miles across the country starting here in Portland, ME and ending in Santa Barbara, CA.
Interests / Hobbies:
I enjoy exploring new places on my road bike, hiking in search of the best panoramic views, kayaking, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and playing acoustic guitar.
Favorite Food: My mom’s stuffed grape leaves. Chicken korma is a close runner up.
Favorite Novels: The Kite Runner
Favorite Movie: Office Space
Favorite Hike: Angels Landing in Zion National Park
Favorite Ski Trail: Vail’s Back Bowls
Favorite Beach (doesn’t have to be in Maine): Nauset Beach in Cape Cod
Closest brush with a famous person:
Jerry Seinfeld made a surprise unannounced appearance at a small comedy club I was at in London, the night before his sold-out show at the O2 Arena. I thought he was a Seinfeld impersonator for the first 15 minutes of his set.
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: A science teacher and seasonal bicycle tour guide leading tours in various countries around the world.
Medical Interests: EMS, Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine
Become a competent emergency physician who can confidently work in any practice setting, incorporate teaching into my career, and achieve a work-life balance that allows me to explore the world outside the hospital.
Favorite Place in Maine: Acadia National Park
I rotated here as an “undifferentiated” medical student early in 4th year and enjoyed it so much I ultimately pursued emergency medicine! I didn’t fully appreciate how amazing this program was until I subsequently visited other programs. There is an obvious camaraderie between faculty and residents here that creates a supportive educational environment and makes for an enjoyable 3 years of training. The leadership and faculty are approachable, enthusiastic, and invested in resident education. The residents are knowledgeable, motivated, and genuinely happy. Plus, Portland is a wonderful place to live with plenty of opportunities to indulge in great food and the great outdoors.