Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training
I studied Spanish at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. During my time at Calvin I grew to love the city, the people, the food, and the general vibrancy and busyness without too many traffic jams. Fast forward four years and I’m searching for a residency program with faculty that are eager to teach, residents that enjoy coming to work, and a clinic that serves a diverse patient population. Grand Rapids was not only a city I had grown to love but was also home to a residency program that had just what I was looking for.
Hobbies/what I do outside of work
Beyond work I love spending time with my husband, Michael, and my family. We can often be found playing cards or board games. Our current favorites include Bohnanza, Pinochle, and Dominion. I also love to cook and eat. I find great joy in simply looking at food in magazines or online on foodgawker. To balance my love of good cuisine, I also have fun gardening on sunny days, walking through neighborhoods while enjoying historical homes, and weekend backpacking trips. I am also developing a love for rock climbing (though I have yet to try “real” climbing).
While in medical school I participated in a program called FitKids360. The program taught and encouraged families with overweight children to work toward healthier lifestyles, and it addressed topics such as food choices, exercise, and self esteem. This program encompasses both my personal and professional passions. I am passionate about fighting obesity, particularly in our youth. I also care deeply about providing not only adequate but excellent care for the underserved in our communities.