I have been practicing Obstetrics and Gynecology
in the Los Alamitos/Long Beach area
since 2005. I am fully licensed in the state of California and hold specialty board certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am also a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
I attended medical school at the University of California-Irvine and completed my internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA. I live right here in Los Alamitos with my husband, Rick, and my two sons, Torin and Aidan. I am affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, and St. Mary Medical Center-Long Beach.
Although I always wanted to be a physician, my life took some unusual turns before I went to medical school. I completed my undergraduate education with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Slavic Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. From there, I attended USC in their graduate program for Clinical Psychology. After two years at USC, I became a teacher's assistant and, subsequently, a teacher for severely emotionally disturbed children. I returned to school to obtain a Master's degree in Special Education and was a teacher for seven-and-a-half years.
I loved teaching and my students taught me something new every day, but something was missing. My husband encouraged me to seriously consider going back to school to pursue medicine because I just never shut up about wanting to be a doctor! So, while I was teaching, I spent my evenings taking post baccalaureate classes at UCLA to fulfill my pre-medicine requirements, volunteered at UCLA Medical Center, taught fitness classes, and had my first son! When I started medical school at UCI, I was relieved to finally be able to slow down!
UCI has a somewhat unique program in that it focuses on primary care and the patient-doctor relationship. This really fit well with me because I knew I wasn't going to be the traditional formal, impersonal physician. I really enjoyed my time at UCI and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a junior and received multiple other awards. During this time, I also added my second son to our family.
Going to UCLA for residency was also a great match for me. During the program, residents spend a great deal of time working at Oliveview Medical Center, a county facility in Sylmar. This is where I learned to speak Spanish-I may be fluent but I still try to learn "a word a day"! We also had the opportunity to work multiple Kaiser facilities to round out our training.
Since entering private practice, I have loved being able to bring my varied background to the practice of medicine. I love to teach and my goal to make my patients as knowledgeable about their condition as I am. I still learn something new every day and love for challenge of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I love delivery babies; I love solving problems; and I love interacting with new patients every day!