WHERE DO YOU WORK, AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
I do a lot! It’s why I chose to be a physician assistant — I have the freedom and flexibility to choose jobs based on what kind of time and effort I am willing to spend at certain times of my life. I do not define myself as any one thing, but I claim my identity primarily as a storyteller, firstly, and inside that word are so many worlds in which I exist. Currently, as a physician assistant, I work in urgent care medicine, and I work a few days a week as a concierge wound care and dermatology physician assistant in the Beverly Hills, West Hollywood area. I set my schedule, which allows me to have other aspects of my life nurtured.
WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT NOT EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT YOU?
I grew up on a 145 acre estate in the woods of Rhode Island that has been in my family’s ownership for hundreds of years! I grew up taking walks in the woods and finding the stone foundation of cabins my ancestors had lived in. Old New England roots.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE A PA?
I was inspired to be a physician assistant because of the opportunity to hear people’s stories and be an agent of positive change in others’ lives. I think I am an empathic, intuitive person, and in medicine, you literally are a detective figuring out mysteries of human behavior and action. It’s a way you can use the naturally inquisitive way I was made for GOOD.
2020 HAD A LOT OF CHALLENGES – WHAT HELPED YOU PERSONALLY GET THROUGH IT?
Weekly Zoom therapy and documenting my therapy journey through a digital project I do on IGTV called MyProjectStigma. After my weekly therapy session I go online and share a single lesson I learned in therapy that week to decrease stigma about receiving mental health care and draw attention to resources that exist to access mental health services. Also, casual FaceTimes with friends and family — when you feel alone, remember you are not! Surround yourself with your community digitally if you cannot have them around you physically.