When I was in the 4th grade, I remember telling my mother that when I grew up I was going to be either a nun or a heart surgeon. How completely different can those two options be? Well I became neither, but I now see that my true desires in life have always been to help other people. And in a sense I am the spirit of both those two things today.
I am a dual board certified surgeon in both Urology and Female pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive surgery. Not a heart surgeon, but a surgeon just the same. But I am also a speaker, author and coach. I am focusing much of my energy on helping others achieve their goals. So not anywhere near a nun, but I still believe I am spiritually drawn to make other people’s lives better.
So let me tell you a little about my history. I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware in a middle class family. No one in my family went to college, but I always knew that I was destined for more even though there were no real role models in my family. I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. I studied business administration and spend 6 years in the business world in sales.
I was working as a pharmaceutical representative when I had a life altering encounter with a patient that changed my life forever. After watching her being told she had cancer for the first time and how her doctor lead her through the experience from a place of terror to a place of hope, I decided to go to medical school. This may sound great on the surface, but there were a few holes in my plan. I was 26 years old, I had a business degree and none of the prerequisite courses! I did have a chemistry course from my freshman year, but I got a “C” in it! Well, I crafted my 11 year plan, quit my job, moved to Gainesville Florida, completed all of the needed coursed and applied to medical school. I was accepted and the rest is history. I now live in Panama City, Florida and have a thriving full-time practice.
I am wife of 25 years and mother to a beautiful daughter that is the love of my life. I am also very involved in my community and try to go on one mission trip every year.
Now I am in the next phase of my life, to help other healthcare professionals recapture their passion and compassion for the work that you do. I speak to as many organizations as I can to try and save one healthcare provider at a time.