This blog is my newest endeavor. One where you will get to know me even better, where I can use the left side of my brain more and for my instgram followers it will be a heck of a lot easier to read about things I wrote about days, weeks, months or years ago. I love instagram, it has connected me to an amazing tribe of physicians on social media, introduced me to a resilient infertility community and most importantly it allowed me to be more than just a doctor.
Given all of this, let me introduce myself …
1. I am a fertility specialist in Houston, Texas at The Center of Reproductive Medicine. I have been here for 4.5 years and am currently in the process of becoming a partner in my practice. I adore my patients, staff and autonomy in this practice. Being a physician has amazing, but loving your job is almost as importnant as loving your partner in life. I am lucky to love both.
2. To become a fertility specialist I went through a lot of schooling and training.
Undergraduate = UC Santa Barbara (4 years). My major was Cellular and Developmental Biology (interesting that I went into Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), huh?), I was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and college is where I learned the importance of work-life balance.
Medical School = Georgetown (4 years). I interviewed all over the country for medical school. I fell in love with Georgetown and Washignton, DC immediately. I also met my husband in DC … at a bar … twice. That is a story for a different post.
Obstetrics and Gynecology residency = The George Washington University (4 years). These four years were tough. I mean really tough. I worked an average of 60-80 hours a week and never had more than 4 days off in one month. I learned how important a good bedside manner is, I learned how to operate and I learned when to ask for help. I had some amazing female mentors and I truly hope I am able to guide others the way that others have encouraged me.
REI fellowship = Stanford University (3 years). It was always in my plans to return to California to practice medicine. The opportunity to train at Stanford was amazing and when I matched I cried (so did my mom). I left there completely prepared for my job at the Center of Reproductive Medicine and although board certification was a beast, I do think I passed because of my training. I was also lucky enough to have a baby during my fellowship. You will hear from every woman in medicine that there is no perfect time to have a child. They are correct! But, having my first daughter while in my research year was the absolute best time for me.
3. Looking back I realize how much I loved the journey to be where I am now. At the time I was so motivated to get to the finish line, I really did not appreciate it. Now, I realize those were great days with some incredible people. I am a firm believer we all need to “enjoy the journey.”
4. As you can tell from my training I have lived all over – West coast, East coast and the Gulf coast. I’m still partial to the West, but DC is hands down my absolute favorite city in the US. Sorry Houston, but you are growing on me. I love the diversity, access to amazing food/beautiful museums and countless activities in this city. I have also met a pretty darn amazing group of friends here.
5. I met my husband in my third year of Medical School (see above). We met at a bar … twice. He was in the USMC, but now is a stay at home dad to the best little ladies in the world (1year old, 6year old and our first baby “Quincy” – our 9 year old dachshund). I truly believe I have the best of both worlds, a great career and I know my children are being raised with insane love by their dad. Just so you are all aware, do not expect to see pics of these girls (except the pup), we are pretty private and we do not feel comfortable putting them on the internet. No judgement to those who share- I love seeing these littles, but it just is not right for me. You do you, I’ll do me.
6. As I mention frequently, I am a work in progress. I am an imperfectly “perfetto” doctor and mom. What I am working on?
– Being less stubborn and stop expecting perfection
– I am emotional, I have a tendency to overreact, then regret. I’m also bad at saying sorry.
7. Last, but not least, here are some fun facts about me:
– My guilty pleasures are expensive purses (bought my first one with my signing bonus in 2014- this one KILLS my penny pincher husband) and bad reality TV (@bravotv anything)
– I almost exclusively drink water, coffee and wine. I gave up fake sugar in 2012 (first pregnancy) and then soda right around the same time.
– Yellow is my favorite color, but I do not a single piece of clothing that is yellow. I almost exclusively wear black, white and grey. You should see my closet!
– My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t say thank you- it’s so easy.