Hello and Welcome to Mercy!
I am excited to be the Internal Medicine Chief Resident for the 2021-2022 academic year!
I was born and raised right here in St. Louis, Missouri. I attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where I earned by bachelor’s degree in exercise science. After college, I took a year to breathe before starting medical school, during which I worked here at Mercy as a patient care technician. It’s fun how life comes full circle sometimes.
I returned to Kirksville for a victory lap and attended medical school at A.T. Still University, then moved back to St. Louis permanently for my third- and fourth-year clerkships based at Christian Hospital. I then completed residency at Mercy, and I will stay with Mercy as a primary care physician starting after my chief year in 2022. After rotating at Mercy Hospital as a student coupled with my experience here as a coworker and my own personal experience with Mercy as a St. Louis native, I knew this was the best place for me to complete my training as an internal medicine resident and to start my career after residency.
Mercy Hospital is a large community hospital with a relatively small resident footprint. This model provides residents with the unique access to the resources and clinical opportunities of a university program with a level of individualized learning that is only possible in a smaller program. Over the three years of my residency training, I formed strong working relationships with the program directors and faculty. They get to know residents on an individual level in order to support each person’s academic needs and future career goals. I was also able to work one-on-one with subspecialty attending physicians on my elective rotations, which is another unique benefit of our small program in the setting of a large community hospital. Everyone—our program faculty, subspecialists, ancillary staff, etc. are extremely approachable and eager to teach; this is the culture of Mercy as a whole, to function as a healthcare team. As a recent graduate, I feel very well prepared for independent practice in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. As the Chief Resident, I am fortunate to be part of the teaching faculty for our inpatient hospitalist service as well as our outpatient continuity clinic.
I could not ask for a better city than St. Louis in which to start my medical career. There are many reasons I was drawn back here for residency and subsequently to continue my career. St. Louis offers something for everybody- city living with restaurants and other activities within walking distance, as well as suburban living with excellent schools perfect for growing families. There are free attractions including Forest Park (along with many, many other city and county parks), museums, the science center and a nationally ranked zoo! Although natives like myself are extremely proud of the pizza and barbeque available in town (I recommend Bogarts and Pappy’s), St. Louis also offers a wide variety of cuisine from many different cultural backgrounds. If you are active, there are great places to bike, hike, and run both in and just outside of the St. Louis area. Outside of work, I enjoy long distance running, and spending time with my husband, and both of our families who also live in STL. This fall, my husband and I will be welcoming home our first puppy, a Rhodesian Ridgeback who will get to be my new running partner!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have.