Class of 2020
Katie Bochat, MD
As a girl who loves horses, growing up in the city was not the best fit. I was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. However, much of my childhood was spent commuting out of the city to ride horses, garden, and play in the outdoors.
I hoped to train in an underserved farming community for medical school. Once I was accepted to the Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon, I quickly fell in love with the endless outdoor opportunities, and chance to help a community in need. I also fell in love with my classmate and adventure-partner, who as of recently, I am lucky to call my fiancé.
My fiancé and I couples matched into respective internal and family medicine programs in Pueblo, Colorado. Together we envisioned a new place to explore (with endless horseback riding opportunities for me). We felt welcomed by the overly friendly and approachable faculty, residents, and staff. SCFM was also a great fit for my personal interests in holistic medicine, women’s health, and full-scope family practice.
Jim Do, MD
I’m a Colorado native and grew up in Westminster. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelors in Integrative Physiology. Before medical school I took a couple years off to teach at the Denver School of Science and Technology at Green Valley Ranch while also training in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Muay Thai. At the time I thought I wanted to be a Mixed Martial Arts Fighter (MMA) and compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) but my plans changed when I was accepted to attend medical school. Luckily I was able to stay in Colorado near family to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. In my free time I still practice Brazilian Jiujitsu but also enjoy cooking, writing, playing with my two white fluffy dogs, and watching superhero movies.
I chose family medicine because I love every aspect of the training and wanted to see a variety of patients from all backgrounds. My passion while in school was helping the underserved and I knew SCFM would be the best fit. The residents and faculty have all been very welcoming and their dedication to improving the community is why I chose SCFM for residency.
Chandra M. Jennings, DO
Growing up in Miami, Florida, I am accustomed to the privilege of blue, sunny skies, and beautiful topography. The blessing of being invited to join the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Program in Pueblo will allow me to embrace these wonderful natural elements again.
My undergraduate education began on the eve of the worst natural disaster in American history, devastating the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, resulting in the cancellation of my first semester of college until January of the following year. As a member of the Tulane University “Katrina Class” and its inaugural undergraduate Public Health Class, I learned the values of perseverance, focus, and flexibility as I pursued my Bachelor of Science in Public Health. I continued my public health education at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where I earned a Master of Public Health degree.
I traded the sun and humidity of the South for the hills and snow of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending Duquesne University, I earned a graduate certificate in Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies. My experiences with community health fortified my desire to become a family medicine physician.
By attending the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine—Carolinas Campus, I was able to continue living within Appalachia with the added benefits of more heat and less snow. I found an institution that was dedicated to training primary care physicians to work in underserved communities locally and abroad.
I am ecstatic to be a member of the Southern Colorado Family Medicine Program. I look forward to exploring Pueblo, its surrounding plains and mountains, and the adventures that await beneath its bright azure skies. I hope to continue pursing my academic interests in population health, integrative behavioral/mental healthcare, underserved care, and obesity medicine while in Colorado.
In my spare time, I like to travel, learn new languages, devour any pop culture franchise that begins with “Star,” and continue my quest to embody the ideals of Wonder Woman. My dog (King) Cake and I are excited for this journey as a young family medicine physician.
Alexandra King, DO
I was born and raised in western Massachusetts and received my undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont. My wanderlust then took me across the ocean to Japan and then across the country to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I devoted a year to Americorps VISTA helping individuals with developmental disabilities and then worked at a senior assisted living facility. I then attended medical school at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, where I was involved with the ACOFP student group organizing volunteer events and speakers.
I chose family medicine because I believe it is the core of medicine – long-term, full-spectrum primary and preventive care. I enjoy the opportunity to see patients of all ages and address their varying health concerns. My specific areas of interest include women's health, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and geriatrics. I plan to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural underserved area after graduating, so I look forward to my training at the SCFM Alamosa rural training track.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Rory, and my cat, Trooper. We are avid hockey fans (go Penguins!) and enjoy traveling and painting. I love cooking, hiking, and rock climbing, and dream of being fluent in Japanese and Spanish.
Andrea Lewis, DO
Undergraduate Genetics and Masters in Ultrasound: University of Missouri – Columbia
Masters of Public Health: University of Colorado – Denver
Medical School: Touro University California – College of Osteopathic Medicine
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent many summers in Colorado camping with my family. Camping and hiking are still some of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of Colorado. My partner, our cats and I moved to Denver in 2004, when I started my ultrasound career. I spent many years doing cardiac ultrasound in a hospital in Denver, before I decided I wanted to learn more and help prevent heart disease.
During my public health education, I worked in local and global communities trying to increase access to care. After my degree, I decided to focus my goal on working with the diverse under-served populations of Colorado and be active in the community I work. I chose to go back to school and pursue a degree in medicine, because I felt there was a need for experts in primary care and preventive medicine. Osteopathic training gives me extra skills to use, as a compliment to traditional medicine. Family medicine was the specialty that matched best with my hope to treat the whole person, throughout the changes of their life.
I love family medicine because it allows me to work with a diverse group of patients and their families. SCFM and St. Mary-Corwin attracted me because of their legacy of compassionate care for the local community, including reaching out to those in need. My experience with public health and under-served communities led me to being able to successfully work with patients who have various lifestyles and life circumstances. I believe that families come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Working at SCFM gives me the great opportunity to team up with patients and their families to balance physical, mental and spiritual health.
Aaron Moore, DO
I was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Utah. I went to medical school at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO. I am married and have 2 children. My passions are spending time with family, traveling, camping, hiking, pretty much everything outdoors. I enjoy movies and have an extensive collection. I'm excited to live in such a beautiful area to continue my interests.
I chose family medicine because I like a bit of everything. I want to be able to take care of my patients from child to adult. Continuity of care is important to me. I like the ability to truly follow a patient's care throughout their life. I also enjoy the aspect of sports medicine: taking care of athletes and keeping them fit to pursue their passions. Family medicine allows me to follow this pursuit.
I chose to come to SCFM because the people here want to make you the best doctor you can be. I liked how SCFM offered an unopposed residency and believe the skills being taught will enhance my abilities for my future practice.
Todd Odegaard, MD
I am originally from the small mountain town of Basalt, on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. I grew up enjoying the outdoors – skiing, camping, and hiking are among many of my outdoor passions. Photography is another pursuit close to my heart, and in fact I originally received my undergraduate degree in the field from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I spent the next number of years working in photography in a professional capacity in the resort town of Aspen, Colorado.
As exciting as that time in my life was, it lead me to understand that my place was to serve in healthcare. I was witness to family and friends affected in varying ways by health concerns, and saw that only through improved health could one have every other benefit of life. I had always strived to be of service to others, but I realized that it was through healthcare that I could truly better the lives of those around me.
Deciding family medicine was my path was nothing short of one of the happiest realizations of this exciting journey. Through rotations in medical school I came to see that it was only through family medicine that I could make myself a part of the long-term overall healthcare of an individual and whole families alike. I feel the best healthcare is that which can be delivered over the long-term – sustained through a relationship of trust built between patient and physician. Through such a relationship I can help patients to know how best to sustain and improve their health outside of the doctor’s office. In addition to providing long-term healthcare, through family medicine I can involve myself in all aspects of healthcare, from general medicine to women’s health to pediatrics, and of course the many procedures that are a part of these fields, which I see as an incredibly fascinating way to practice medicine.
When making the decision on where I wanted to continue my education in residency, I found the Southern Colorado Family Medicine program to be such an incredibly perfect fit for the type of training I wanted to propel me into the family medicine profession. An unopposed residency program with emphasis on fields such as OB/GYN and pediatrics, and especially procedures, I felt the SCFM residency program would best prepare me for my future as a family medicine practitioner. My plan for the future beyond residency is to practice medicine as a ‘small-town’ family practice physician. Colorado is and forever will be my home, and there are so many small communities in this state that could use a good physician to care for them. My dream is to fill that roll, and I am so excited for these next few years to prepare me for that.
Class of 2021
Jacob M. Anderson, DO
"I grew up in a small-town Tremonton, UT where I ran around in the mountains and enjoyed spending time among the plants and birds. I went to college in Logan, UT where I learned to rock climb, and studied entomology, botany, world religions, and did my pre-med classes. I decided to pursue healing as a career, explored acupuncture, naturopathy, nursing, and ultimately decided on osteopathic medicine. I applied to a bunch of medical schools and got accepted to an Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Carolina. I spent two years there before moving to the hippie brewery-filled town of Asheville, NC among the great blue ridge mountains.
Between clerkships I enjoyed climbing and hiking with my osteopathic professor, eating at delicious vegetarian restaurants, and enjoying delicious craft beer. I enjoyed myself most on my outpatient family medicine, osteopathic, and integrative medicine rotations and decided that preventive medicine was the way to go for me. I applied to various residency programs across the country, looking for programs where I could serve the underserved and disenfranchised, have a degree of autonomy, have a broad scope of practice, and be among supportive staff and residents.
This program was among the few that really fit the bill and I am happy to be in southern Colorado. When I finish here, I plan to start a low overhead lifestyle-based preventive medicine practice with an emphasis on OMT, nutrition, and addressing the complex socioeconomic and environmental factors that inevitably affect health. I will probably stay somewhere in Colorado and hope to have great relationships with patients and the world around me."
Trista N.F. Hughes, DO
I grew up in rural Kansas about 15 miles outside the small town where I went to school. However, many of my fondest childhood memories involve hiking or camping in Colorado, and I have planned to move to here since I was a child. By the time I was in high school, I was known for being a “health nut,” and for my interest in medicine, both mainstream and alternative. I attended the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for undergrad, where I studied biochemistry because I wanted to understand how the body (and medicine) works at a very detailed level.
After college, I took some time to travel and explore my goals, and as a result decided to study public health while I was applying to medical school. I obtained an MPH with a focus on global health and completed a 4-month field study in Jimma, Ethiopia. Soon after returning, I began medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, I completed a year-long fellowship in Osteopathic Principles & Practices. I’m grateful for my training and passionate about including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in my practice.
I decided to pursue family medicine for many of the same reasons I chose osteopathic medicine. My goal as a physician is working with patients to help them obtain their healthiest version of themselves. I believe that family medicine truly is the best venue for preventative health and facilitating wellness. I chose residency at SCFM because of both the training and the people. I wanted full spectrum training, with strong OB experience and opportunities for OMT. I also knew from my rotation here that the people are welcoming, dedicated, and hard working.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our son, and our two dogs. My hobbies include running, hiking, camping, and just about anything involving mountains or the outdoors. We are especially excited to be living so close to so many amazing outdoor activities.
Michael L. Keane, DO
I was born in small town western Iowa, where I grew up on our family farm, raising livestock and row crops. The nearest town to our farm had a population of only 300 residents, the town in which I attended high school had a population of approximately 5,000, and my college town had a population of just over 10,000. I have spent my entire life in the graces of small town, agricultural, America and I am now happy to call Pueblo home. I have already spent the majority of years three and four of medical school working as a medical student here, in Pueblo, Colorado. This city had granted me many unique learning opportunities. Being a “smaller” family-oriented city, I have received an extraordinary level of hands on education in full scope family medicine in Pueblo. Now I am even more pleased to be here as a Resident Physician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.
My view on medicine started at an early age. At eighteen months of age, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My family traveled with me to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska numerous times in the next three years during my treatments. Thanks to modern medicine, and skilled doctors and nurses, I was in remission in one year; completely treated, and back to full health in three years. To this day my family and I are thankful for everyone in the medical profession. I can truly say, “They gave me a second chance at life.” Through all of this, I came to admire health care professionals and aspired to do something meaningful with that second chance. My family and I know firsthand how big of an impact medical professionals can have on our world and all of the individual lives within it that they touch. My goal had always been to someday be one of these life changing doctors, now here I am!
I chose family medicine for the broad spectrum this specialty offers along with the great need for this specialty within the underserved small towns and cities across America. I prefer a comprehensive and holistic approach in the way that I practice medicine. I take pleasure in teaching patients and family members about their conditions and enjoy working with fellow physicians in our hospitals and clinics. As a Resident Physician, I am currently working towards a career in Osteopathic Medicine with an emphasis on proactive, whole body, health and wellness, gearing towards sports medicine and rehabilitation.
As a busy doctor, I still try to find some time to enjoy archery, marksmanship, hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and camping. Also, in my rare leisure time, I like to build wood and metal crafts, as well as build motors and drag race my pride and joy, 300+ horsepower, Harley Davidson motorcycle. Additionally, I have traveled abroad on several Medical/Educational Global Engagement trips; to rural Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and rural South Africa. I continue to carry strong ties to all rural comminutes, valuing my own upbringing on a farm in small town Iowa. I hope to someday start my own ranch and private practice office of osteopathic, wholistic, family medicine to serve the well-deserving, but often underserved, farming communities around the world.
Amanda R. Mullen, MD
I was born and raised in a small town in Virginia (Madison). I am the oldest of five kids, all home-schooled. Mom is a physical therapist and my dad is a brick mason. I spent summers in undergrad and med school doing masonry labor. I went to college at University of Virginia and medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University. I moved out to Colorado with my fiance.
I love working with my hands and doing procedures. I want to practice full scope rural family medicine. I wanted to be able to take care of everyone from babies to the elderly.
My hobbies include snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, triathlons, hiking, swimming, running, and binge-watching south park. I’m also a craft beer enthusiast
Lindsey A. Romero, MD
Born in Durango, CO, I lived in the rural Four Corners area until age 11, when my family and I moved to Pueblo West, CO. I attended college at Colorado State University-Pueblo on an athletics scholarship. After taking about five years off from school to work as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, I went to medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
I had become interested in a career in primary care before medical school and became more confident in my decision to pursue family medicine during my clerkship rotations. I loved forming relationships with my patients, both young and old, and getting to see them repeatedly over time, helping to maintain and optimize their health and focusing on prevention as much as possible. As a family practice physician, I get to employ a large scope and take care of a diverse number of people: some of my strongest interests include sports medicine, obstetrics, and public health. In no other specialty could I employ such a broad skillset.
In the future, I want to provide care to the rural and underserved, especially in low or no-cost clinics, because I can relate to the needs and challenges of this vulnerable patient population having been that patient myself. I wanted a residency that had the same focus. I chose Southern Colorado Family Medicine because SCFM delivers safety net care for Pueblo and the surrounding areas. I also loved that SCFM operates a Migrant Clinic and has a strong OB component. Because the program affords flexibility for pursuing personal interests while maintaining a rigorous, well-rounded core curriculum, I know that I will be well-trained in full-scope family medicine upon completion of this program.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our children, and our friends and family. We love traveling being outside playing sports, hiking, or boating. Pueblo is a wonderful community, and I am thrilled to be training here!
Aaron B. Stewart, DO
I am from Provo, UT and studied biochemistry at Brigham Young University. After college I worked in research and clinical labs and before going to medical school I worked as a ski instructor. While living in Salt Lake City I met my wife who had just graduated from law school.
After getting married we left for Yakima, Washington where I attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University.
We have a three-year-old son who was born during my second year of medical school. When we are not playing cars with him we love spending time enjoying the outdoors as a family, hiking, skiing, and climbing.
I was drawn to SCFM for their strength in obstetrics and OMM, and the unique opportunities they offer such as migrant clinic and acupuncture training. After interviewing at SCFM I felt a connection to the attendings and residents and appreciated the supportive structure and family-friendly atmosphere that they fostered.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to the train here at SCFM and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities Pueblo and Colorado have to offer.
W. Collin Stewart, DO
I attended medical school at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima, WA. I received my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and worked as a software engineer prior to medical school.
I wanted a residency that would teach me full spectrum family medicine and OMT in an unopposed setting. I chose SCFM because it had these qualities as well as faculty and staff that create an excellent learning environment. I was also drawn to SCFM by the opportunities for extra training in performing colonoscopies, OMT, acupuncture, and surgical obstetrics.
My free time is spent with my family exploring the great outdoors of Colorado.
Andrew Z. Xu, MD
Denver is my home, but I’ve lived in many areas in the eastern United States when I was growing up. My parents were graduate students struggling to make ends meet. I am thankful to call Denver home for the last 18 years and see that the access to medicine for the underserved has improved.
For college I attended the Colorado School of Mines in Golden with the intention of either going into pre-med path to become a physician or to become an engineer. After graduation, I had a detour for several years starting my own business as a software developer. The time was well spent, but my original desire to become a physician was unquenchable, which set the motion for my going back to school. My med school was the University of Colorado School of Medicine, fortunate enough to be in the same city. I had a wonderful but grueling four years of which reaffirmed my career choice as a family physician.
I chose Pueblo and Southern Colorado Family Medicine because of the wonderful people I met on my interview trail, the incredible training it offers as well as proximity to home. This was a good opportunity to venture outside of the comfort zone of my home city and yet stay within a drive away from friends and family.
I am most passionate about preventative and integrative medicine, endocrine, mental health and digestive disorders, as well as technology in medicine. Every day I am grateful for the opportunity to be a physician-in-training here in Pueblo. Looking forward to working with the people of Pueblo and to enjoy the surroundings!
Class of 2022
My name is Chad Roberts. I have an easygoing, laid-back personality, and I like to have fun. I grew up in Northern Utah and later attended Dixie State College followed by the University of Utah where I completed my Bachelors Degree in German. I then traveled to Phoenix, Arizona where I received my Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences. Finally, I attended the University of Utah School of Medicine for medical school.
I am an outdoorsman and love the wild adventure life has to offer. I like hiking, climbing, canyoneering, camping, river rafting and exploring untraveled places. l love to seek out the most remote and far-away places I can. Some of these places have included long stretches of time in the northern arctic latitudes of Alaska/Canada and the inner remote reaches of Patagonia. The years I’ve spent in the forgotten, mysterious canyon country of the red rock desert and the Colorado Plateau are among my most favorite.
I also enjoy research. It started with studying water quality and giardia in Southern Utah’s slot canyons. This transitioned to several other projects, including hypothermic drug development at the University of Utah and studying hemerheology in spaceflight through NASA’s Aerospace Medicine Training program in Houston, Texas. I like the research process and will always make it a part of my future career.
I plan to make medical humanitarian work and wilderness search and rescue a large part of my future career as well. I am a former Deputy Sheriff for Salt Lake County Search and Rescue and I have taught wilderness and rescue medicine for the University of Utah and other private organizations for many years now. I intend to use and teach these skills to the local and abroad communities as much as I can.
I am excited to be a part of the Southern Colorado Family Medicine team. I look forward to my time here in Colorado!
I was born in Dubuque, IA, but moved when I was 4 years old, and grew up in Louisville and Boulder, CO. I completed my Associated in the Applied Science of Medical Assisting from Westwood College. I worked for Boulder Community Hospital after my first degree, and it was at this time that my passion for medicine grew even more. The doctors I worked with were wonderful, they fostered my passion and taught me so much. After 4 years, I decided to go back to school to become a physician. I received Undergraduate degrees in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado Denver. I worked at the campus library and as a teaching assistant during school and fell in love with teaching others as well.
I attended medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO, and spent an extra year at their Southern Utah campus in St. George completing a pre-doctoral fellowship in Principals of Clinical Medicine. I not only got to teach students the basics of history taking, physical exams and procedures, but I was able to do rounds at a Veteran’s home and volunteer at a free walk-in clinic seeing patients with acute needs. I was able to spend a month with SCFM during the last year and knew during that time that this was the place for me. I loved the area and the people, and in that short time I just felt as if I belonged. I know I will get a great and well-rounded education here that will make me a wonderful doctor. In the future I hope to work primarily in underserved areas, and hopefully also return to teaching and taking other students for rotations.
When I have extra time, I love spending it with my husband, Sam, our German Shepard, Gideon, and the rest of my family and friends. I like to hike, camp, and garden outdoors. I also knit, make candles and jewelry, read, and bake – I love making cakes and cookies and sharing them with everyone. I always love learning and doing new things and am excited to be able to explore the town and area for all the great things to do and new activities to learn.
My name is Christin Thompson. I grew up in Monument, Colorado where we have 35 acres with horses, cows, chickens, dogs and geese. I loved growing up on land and I am so glad to be back in Colorado. I did my undergraduate at University of Denver where he played Division I tennis. I have also coached a lot of tennis between college and medical school. I spent some time playing tennis overseas and during that time I developed a love for the underserved population. That is one of the reasons I decided to pursue medicine. I am passionate about doing medicine overseas and teaching doctors overseas how to provide more efficient medical care to those who don’t have access to care.
I love to be outside running, hiking, with my dogs, climbing, riding horses, or coaching tennis. When I was in medical school I did some dog rescue and love my dogs with all my heart. My goal is to climb all of the 14ers in Colorado. I have currently climbed 38 of them.
I’ve spent the last 20 years living in Colorado and consider myself a native! I studied Chemistry at the University of Denver and completed medical school at Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO. I’ve picked up many hobbies over the years while in Colorado! Skiing is one of my big passions and I spend most winters chasing as many snow storms as I can. During the summer I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and exploring the outdoors.
I really enjoy family medicine because it gives me a chance to see and solve a variety of different problems every day. I believe that building relationships with patients and creating continuity is important. SCFM gives me the resources to hone my knowledge and skills so I can continue serving the Colorado community. The program highly values wellness and provides many outlets to continue what I love to do.
I grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania called State College, the home of Penn State University. My first job, and the one I returned to every winter during high school, was as a ski instructor. Like all of my fellow instructors, I dreamed of moving out to Colorado one day. But I took a couple of detours first, spending almost seven years in the Army, then returning to Penn State to major in electrical engineering. Finally, I attended the University of Oklahoma - School of Community Medicine, an integrated track within the OU College of Medicine that goes beyond the required curriculum teaching students to improve the health of entire communities.
I am very excited to have finally landed in Colorado, and now that I’m here I don’t intend to ever leave. I’d like to live and practice medicine in a small mountain town after residency, and that’s why I chose the Southern Colorado Family Medicine – Rural Training Track program. I believe this is the best place to learn the skills I’ll need to take care of the health of whole families in a small town like the one I grew up in.
I still love to ski, although these days I prefer to earn my turns in the backcountry, and I love just about every other mountain sport there is, from rafting and backpacking in the summer to winter mountaineering; from rock and ice climbing to paragliding.
As a little girl growing up in my village in Cameroon (West Africa), medicine was even further from a dream. It was not for girls like me. After moving to the USA (Colorado) in 2006, I felt loved, cared for, and supported by my community. I knew I wanted care for people and thought medicine could be a great way to do this considering I was a sick child myself.
I completed my undergraduate education in biology through the University of Colorado and eventually with a lot of love and support was able to get my doctorate from the University of Colorado also.
My decision to specialize in family medicine was a very easy one. Growing up as a child, I don’t remember seeing any doctor that was not a family medicine doc. They took care of all the members of my family and were well invested in my health and overall future. I also wanted to practice international medicine in resource scarce areas and family medicine was a specialty that would allow me to pick up and go with little need for high technology. I see family medicine as a specialty that will give me the opportunity to bond with my patients in a way that will carry them “pre-womb to tomb”. My love for family was so obvious while in medical school that I accepted a job offer as a first year medical student to practice in Lamar Colorado.
I wanted a residency program where I would be able to learn full spectrum family medicine and South Colorado Family Medicine was the best fit. I fell in love with the people, the location, and the fact that it was an unopposed program. I loved that I would be able to be in an OB track as a way to foster my love for experiencing the miracle of life.
If you asked my Grandmother (bless her soul) she would tell you that I was blessed (or cursed depending on the day) with the love for and ability to dance. I love to dance A LOT. I also act, play the djembe, and I am a mean plastic canvas artist. I guess it was the best irony when I married my high school sweet heart who doesn’t dance or has any fine motor skills (sorry Babe) but can spend many hours watching animes with me when I am not doing medicine. I am blessed with the best husband a girl could ever ask for, my four brothers, two of the most handsome twin nephews you would ever meet, my mother and my in-laws who love me and support me unconditionally. With my husband and our doggy Scotty, we are excited and blessed to be taking part in the Pueblo community.
I was born in Moscow, Idaho, but grew up 8 miles away in Pullman, Washington. My father is a microbiology professor and my mother runs a daycare, so it was almost destined that I would go into a profession that integrated science and caring for others. I did my undergrad at the University of Washington. After doing research at the NIH for 2 years, I went to medical school at the University of Kentucky. Following medical school, I pursued an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Traveling from state to state made it so I had to learn to develop strong relationships quickly. Which, in turn, led me towards family medicine, a specialty where one needs to form strong bonds with their patients quickly in order to successfully help them. I chose SCFM because it is an unopposed residency where I knew I could get ample hands-on experience, and because of its focus on the blue-collar and underserved populations of Colorado. I was also drawn to the location. Living in Pueblo, I have the resources of Colorado Springs and Denver, but I don’t have to deal with the daily traffic associated with these large cities. There is seriously never traffic in Pueblo!
In my free time, I enjoy playing sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball. I also enjoy traveling abroad and sampling the various cheeses of the world. In Colorado, enjoy exploring the various mountains through hiking, rock climbing, and snowshoeing. Lastly, if there is a TV show on Netflix, Hulu, or HBO, I have probably binge-watched it.