I was born in Rome, Georgia on March 13th just a couple years ago. ;) My family moved to a small town called Dalton in the North West region of the state (some of you may know it as the carpet capital of the world). Honestly, I couldn't tell you why we moved, but I imagine it had something to do with my father being offered a job as a mechanical engineer. Anyway, we lived in Good Ole' Dalton for the majority of my life- I went through all the Dalton Public Schools and even attended Dalton State College. At Dalton State I majored in Biology, minored in Chemistry and graduated Magna Cum Laude in December of 2014. As a senior in college, I struggled to find the perfect career for me- I went from applying to pharmacy school to medical school and finally PA school.
I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical world but the reason I didn't pursue my career in pharmacy was because after working 6 months as a pharmacy technician, I knew my personality did not fit the life style of a pharmacist. All I knew was I longed for a deeper relationship with my patients, I wanted to be there at their best and also at their worst. I wanted to be a provider, but not just any provider.. I didn't want to just be the doctor that treats a strep throat or signs off on a yearly physical. I wanted to know my patients, like really know my patients. I want to be the person that can tell you where their last vacation was and how their 3rd child is doing. I know this may sound ridiculous because many providers see as many as 60 patients a day, but I have seen it done. My first rotation was Internal Medicine with Dr. Marquez in Cleveland Tennessee. And let me tell you something, if there was anything I learned from this doctor, it was how to make your patients feel special. He has this saying that went something like, "patient's don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care" and I can't even begin to explain how far this has taken me with the few patients I have seen. Anyway, I believe it's possible to truly make every single patient feel special, and I will do my best to keep Dr. Marquez's words of wisdom close to my heart while I practice.