University of Missouri-Kansas City
Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training
My wonderful childhood memories took place in my hometown of Perryville, MO. Growing up, I always wanted to become a pediatrician, so I was so excited to begin my premed journey at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. During my time at SEMO, I also obtained a Child Life minor. Following undergrad, I moved to Kansas City and attended the University of MO-Kansas City Medical School. On my interview day at Helen Devos, there was a soft snowfall, which made the hospital feel like a snow globe during our tour. I instantly fell in love with the warm hearts of the all those at the hospital. I am so happy and feel so blessed to be completing my pediatric residency dream in Michigan!
Hobbies/what I do outside of work.
On my time away from the hospital, I love any type of adventure. Outside, I love to run, play volleyball, rock climb, bike ride, or just go for walks. Inside, I love to do crafts, play games, and listen to music. I have been very blessed to have five nieces and four nephews to keep my life full of laughter! At the end of any day, I can always find a smile because of the wonderful love and support I have received from my family, friends, and fiance, John.
Southeast Missouri State University
My favorite passion is global health. I have traveled to Nicaragua, Honduras, and Haiti on many medical trips. I am also interested in growing as a teacher to medical students and fellow residents. My long term plans in medicine are still to be determined, but Helen Devos has exposed me to so many wonderful specialties!