Obstetrics and Gynecology
I was born and raised here in the Bay Area, in Piedmont, just through the tunnel. From a very early age I always knew that I wanted to work in Women’s Health. I blame it on my mother taking me to a “young girls and their changing bodies” class at probably a too young of an age, but am so thankful for it. I always saw the benefit in women having the opportunity to educate themselves about their bodies and health. In high school, my junior and senior year, I voluntarily gave up my free period and asked to help teach the Freshmen Health Ed Class. In college, I continued to look for ways to expand my knowledge and discover my love for medicine and health education. I attended Washington University in Saint Louis for undergraduate and worked as a campus EMT and a patient educator at Planned Parenthood.
After college, while working for the Red Cross, I knew that Women’s health was my calling and explored all my options of how to incorporate it in my life. Having been on a pre-med track, I had never really considered being a nurse practitioner, or, like many, heard of a midwife. It was not until I learned what a certified nurse midwife is, that I knew it was what I was meant to do. I discovered a career that would end up being the best decision of my life. I found a way in which I would be able to combine my passion for medicine, science and health, while getting to incorporate patient education. I moved to New York City to pursue my midwifery studies. I attended Columbia University where I obtained my second bachelors in nursing and my masters in Midwifery. Upon graduating, I took a position at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. This busy city hospital gave me more experiences than I could have ever dreamed of. Talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool! But I loved every second of it. I had the chance to work with people of many different backgrounds and many different levels of care.
In my three and a half years there, I had the opportunity to delivery some of my patients’ second and even third babies, while on other days, I had deliveries in the hospital lobby of people walking in off the street with no prenatal care and denying they were pregnant. It was an amazing place. However, after seven years in New York, I felt it was time to come back home and be closer to my family. I was blessed enough to cross paths with Dr Wells in the most unexpected way- on FaceTime! My sister was delivering her second baby and I missed flying out for it by a day. But not wanting to miss out, or be there for her, I was able to participate via the wonders of technology. After chatting with Dr Wells during her delivery, I then met him the next day in Postpartum and we hit it off. I learned more about the practice and philosophy and knew it would be a great fit.
A few months later, I found myself back on the west coast and joining an incredible practice. I love that I am now in a place where I can provide each patient with, literally, the care I would want for my sister. I aim to provide an environment that is supportive and relaxed, and where one feels that all their concerns are heard and their questions answered. I pride myself on educating my patients, so they can be active participants in their care. I feel blessed that I truly love what I do. I get to be a part of such a joyous and life-changing event in so many peoples’ lives. Getting to be present in that moment, when a patient goes from being a woman, to being a mom, is something I treasure on a daily basis.