Associate dean, academic affairs assistant professor, family medicine
New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University
Education Bachelor’s degree in biology, Arkansas State University; University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Kansas City; transitional internship, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center family medicine residency, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northeast in Jonesboro
What character traits do you feel have benefited you in your success?
I am someone who asks for constructive criticism. I then take that and evaluate it. At the end of the day, I may not change my practice because of it, but having that knowledge is valuable. Another character trait that has helped me is that I find humor in most everything.
How do you spend your time away from work? What are your hobbies?
I really love to work out and have found a love for the sauna. Being in nature is another excellent way I enjoy spending time away from work. Our family loves to camp and backpack.
One piece of advice I would give is to get to know who you are as an individual, and then find what brings you joy. Joy and happiness aren’t always the same thing. Joy is sustaining even when days are long or when your efforts don’t lead to the goal.
What’s the last good book you read?
I’m reading “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, and loving it.
Who have been mentors who’ve influenced your professional career?
Dr. Stella Hayes was one of my first mentors. She was my commanding officer in my last duty station with the U.S. Navy. She invested time in me and showed me what it could be like to wear many hats in your career.
Dr. Elaine Gillespie consistently reminded me to take time for the important things — care for yourself and quality time with family.