I was born in Miami and was delighted to return to Florida to start in private practice in 1996. I graduated from the University of Miami and attended Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. I received recognition as an undergraduate medical student and was selected as a fellow in Osteopathic Principles and Practice. I completed a general internship at a small community hospital in Broward County. I then began my Family Medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, which has the oldest and most prestigious family medicine residency in the southeastern United States.
My family and I are all survivors of Hurricane Andrew. The neighborhood in which I lived for my first 25 years took a devastating blow. My entire family was homeless and had to rebuild from the ground up. This was during my senior year of medical school. My medical college served in the emergency medical tents throughout the zone of impact for nearly a year. In search of higher ground away from the shore, most of my family relocated to Gainesville.
I had my first child at the end of my residency program in Charleston. My second son was born here in Gainesville during the Millennium Year. I am an active member in my parish, Holy Faith Catholic Church. My children attended St. Patrick Interparish School. My oldest was in the Cambridge Program and graduated from Gainesville High School (Go Canes!) He now attends Florida State University (Go Noles!) My youngest is in his senior year at Gainesville HS.
I built a home five years ago and happily set about planting fruit and nut trees. I am a hobbyist beekeeper. My other interests include cooking, especially for friends. I usually have a quilting project in some state of creation. I like to write (fiction). I am now the sole owner of my medical practice and feel truly blessed to still serve this community after 21 years.
I am board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. I re-certified in 2005 and 2006 and again in 2013 and 2015. I sit on the executive board for Physicians’ Care Network, a collective of independent physicians that practice in north central Florida. My practice is a small business that has served this community and many employees over more than 25 years since it’s inception.