I grew up in Ohio, went to medical school in Ohio and did residency in Ohio. (You will be able to tell from my Midwest accent.) I enjoyed all aspects of family medicine - kids, OB, adults, and procedures. I had the opportunity to do a faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University and concentrate on research. I have given lectures and presented posters at national meetings; I have written for the _American Family Physician_ and _HCA Healthcare Journal of Medicine_. Other passions include evidence-based medicine, performance improvement and public health. I went to Johns Hopkins to obtain my MPH. This taught me how to look at populations and improve the system for more than just the one patient in front of me.

I have always felt my calling was for academic medicine. My personal philosophy for being an educator is that by teaching, I will enable others to practice medicine and take care of more patients than I ever could on my own. I look forward to continue teaching the next generation of family physicians.