MY BACKGROUND

Care Comes First

I’ve known since high school biology class that I wanted to be a doctor. I graduated from Odessa-Montour Central School in 1998, and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, graduating in 2002 with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Psychology. Then, I made my way to the University at Buffalo for medical school and residency. I graduated medical school with awards in Humanism and Research in Family Medicine. In residency, I received an Outstanding Service Award each year and was Chief Resident. I graduated in 2010.

After years of hard work and strenuous studying, I began practicing as a professional physician in 2010. My medical knowledge, combined with an ongoing curiosity to learn about the natural treatments and alternative modalities, has allowed me to gain a loyal following of patients in this region. I also realized that conventional medicine was not helping me reach my goals of helping patients: Large patient panels make visits impersonal and rushed; it’s hard to see your doctor for a sick visit or talk to your doctor in between appointments; and insurance companies dictate what we can and can't do.

It has all led me to this: Integrative and Functional Medicine Women Health Consultations.

I was a gymnast from the age of 5, so fitness is a very important part of my life. There are evidence-based exercise recommendations for the life phase any woman experiences. One of my hobbies is teaching partner dancing with my husband, Paul. We met when we drew each other as partners in a dance competition. We compete nationally in West Coast Swing, a specific partner dance that is our passion. We also love to spend time playing and being active with our two sons, Corbin and Harper.