Q: What led you to work in Gastroenterology?
Answer: Sometimes life opens doors for the future that you did not even know were there. For me, a career in gastroenterology was a door that has given me wonderful opportunities. I did not plan to have a career in gastroenterology, however the perfect career path found me.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: Andrew and I attended grad school together. He reached out to me about an opportunity with Summit Health and I was intrigued. I was interviewed and met everyone and from there it all fell into place.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about Gastroenterology?
Answer: I have found in talking to patients and answering their questions that people have the misconception that gastroenterology is a "gross" medical profession. It is not as unpleasant as they think and there are a great deal of benefits from using these services.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I am very excited to serving Franklin County because it is a more rural community than I have worked with in the past.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy spending time with my family, especially with my 9-month-old. My first degree was in fine art from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and I enjoy doing crafts. I also spend a lot of time gardening and like to grow okra, tomatoes and peppers to make homemade hot sauce and pepper jelly.