I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago by my engineer father and pharmacist mother. I don’t know how I decided I wanted to be a physician, but I made it known to everyone from a very young age that that is what I was going to do. And I was determined to make it happen.
I went to Washington University in St Louis, studied biology and education, and made sure to I was on the right path to medical school. I loved St Louis so much I decided to stay in the city for medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. This proved to be a fateful decision as I met my future husband there.
Very early on in my medical career, I became drawn to women’s health. I loved everything about it. The strength and perseverance of my female patients was something I didn’t find in any other speciality. I loved medicine, surgery, the fast pace of emergencies, mental health, childbirth, everything! ObGyn was the perfect fit as it incorporated a little bit of all aspects of medicine. I loved that I could easily deliver a healthy baby in a smooth natural delivery, then have to run to an emergency gynecological surgery, and then help a patient navigate the most difficult and sensitive topics in her life such as postpartum depression, sexual dysfunction, or even a new cancer diagnosis. I was overwhelmingly drawn to helping women, teaching them about how their bodies function, discussing how to optimize their health, and empowering them to make positive changes to be their healthiest selves. Women’s health was the only option for me.
I was lucky enough to match at the top program in the country for Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I am so privileged to have trained under the absolute best gynecologists in the country. Mayo Clinic is consistently at the forefront of medical technology, and I was able to benefit from everything they have to offer. I loved my residency program and training so much that I served on the admissions committee for several years and was then invited to join the faculty when I graduated. It was an honor and a dream to practice alongside all of my mentors.
Once my husband finished his medical training, he began the job search and was ultimately recruited to Mayo Clinic here in Jacksonville. While it was heartbreaking to leave my department in Minnesota, I was excited to start a new journey in private practice.
For my first five years in Jacksonville, I practiced the full scope of obstetrics and gynecology at one of the North Florida ObGyn practices at Baptist Hospital Downtown. I had a busy practice delivering babies, performing surgeries, and clinic work. In late 2018, I met Dr. Patricia Schroeder who was looking for a partner at her gynecology practice in preparation for the retirement of Dr. Marijane Boyd. We hit it off instantly, and I knew that this would be my next chapter.