Where are you currently working or attending school?
OU-TU School of Community Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
How long have you been within the OAFP community?
Since I moved to Tulsa in 2009
Why did you choose family medicine?
I wanted to practice the full scope of medicine: children, elderly, pregnant women. Family medicine was the only specialty that offered that type of practice.
What has been the most fulfilling moment of your career or education?
The most fulfilling moment in my education was graduating from medical school. I was the first doctor in my family and I had so many family members drive to Chicago to be there and celebrate. It was an amazing day for all of us.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your practice or education?
The most challenging part of my practice is trying to impart what I know to learners. Every person has a different learning style so you can't teach the same way to every student or resident. That has taken time for me to understand.
What is your work life balance like & how do you achieve it?
Prior to COVID19, we took a lot of vacations! Now I try to spend time in my yard, learning to garden and just relax in the space.
Who is your biggest role model?
My Father was a big role model for me growing up. He always stressed the importance to learning and being engaged in your family and community.
What is your favorite quote?
“You are your best thing” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to listen to music, spend time with friends and family at great restaurants in Tulsa.
Any advice for residents and students finishing their training or education
God willing , you will have a very long career in medicine. Don't look at any one thing as the end of it all. It's just the beginning. There are so many ways to re-invent yourself in medicine, if you find a roadblock, just go in a new direction. Don't stress, keep perspective on the long game.