I was born in Long Beach and raised in San Juan Capistrano. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Cal State Fullerton. My Master of Science is from Western University, which is where I completed my PA program. I am a published ethnobotanist, with my research winning the Best Poster Presentation award at the 41st Annual Conference for Economic Botany in June of 2000. I was also the recipient of the Rachel Carson Scholarship for Conservation Biology for my work with the Acjachemen Nation.
I started my medical career as an EMT on an ambulance crew and worked in several emergency departments. I discovered my love for the field of orthopedic surgery while assisting on-call orthopedic surgeons as they attended to patients in the emergency room. I was delighted to discover the scope and role that physician assistants play in an orthopedic surgery practice. Orthopaedic surgery is a very rewarding field in which we can affect very tangible and life-altering improvements in our patients.
When I am not working, I can typically be found playing or repairing old guitars, doing outdoorsy stuff, or eating tacos at the beach.
As a Physician Assistant, I assist in surgery and I see patients in the office. If I assist in your surgery, your beautiful and hardly noticeable surgical scar will most likely have been closed by me. I was trained in surgical wound closures by Dr. Terry Dubrow (from the TV show Botched and the Swan) and our very own Dr. Stephen Mikulak. If you require an injection or call after hours with an emergency, there is a very good chance that you will be speaking with me.