What inspired you to become a physician?
My parents and great mentors
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Family time is #1. I have a 4 year old son named Chase who is the apple of my eye and a wonderful husband. I also enjoy church activities, exercise, major league baseball, ACC sports, and reading.
In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship?
Communication and kindness
What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
I enjoy oncology, and medicine in general, because I love people and I get to know my patients. It is a medical specialty that still allows you to “be a doctor” and walk with someone on a journey. Even when things are bad with a cancer diagnosis, you can find victories and miracles every day, with people living longer and feeling better than they ever expected. We celebrate those!
In addition, oncology involves a “village” to take great care of a person, and I love the many disciplines and my colleagues that come together to make that happen. I think medical oncologists are the quarterbacks of the team to care for a cancer patient, but here in a football town, everyone knows each teammate is vital (especially the kicker!).
Do you have any specific medical interests?
I especially enjoy treating gastrointestinal malignancies and the adolescent/young adult (AYA) population, but I enjoy general hematology and oncology for the variety of people and problems we encounter. In addition, I am excited to be assisting in the start of the oncology clinical trials program locally at TMH so that our patients can receive cutting edge care close to home.
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