I began working at the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2008 as an assistant professor in the residency program. I have held the titles of both assistant and associate program director and now have the privilege of being the program director. My residency team and I foster a learning environment known for its compassionate and approachable faculty and staff. My greatest joy in the department is watching a group of 10 new interns develop into fully independent practicing physicians by the time they graduate.
In our family medicine clinic I care for a large panel of patients from birth to centenarian. Although I enjoy caring for all ages my focus is on women’s health and obstetrics, including gynecological in-office procedures. I practice low-risk obstetrics, postpartum and newborn care at the Baptist Hospital Birthing Center. I care for underserved women at Stokes County Health Department and helped found our Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), now United Health Centers in Winston Salem. A passion of mine is nutrition, particularly helping children and adolescents understand the impact of diet on their health and future selves. I regularly coordinate and assist groups of medical student volunteers in Cooking Matters, a nutrition and culinary program involving pregnant underserved women and their children. My current research is primarily focused on nutrition and underrepresented communities.
I have been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians as a fellow in family medicine. At the state level I am active in the NC Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) as a member on the NCAFP Foundation Board and the NCAFP Member Satisfaction and Practice Environment Committee. I currently serve the institution as the elected family medicine faculty on the Wake Forest Faculty Representative Council. I am in my second term on the Wake Forest CME committee. In our family medicine department I serve on the Clinic Improvement Committee, Program Evaluation Committee, Clinical Competency Committee, Resident Selection Committee, Executive Committee, and Curriculum Committee.
I matriculated to University of Cincinnati College of Medicine where I obtained my medical degree, and completed residency in family medicine and a junior faculty year in obstetrics at the Moses Cone Family Medicine Program. Prior to Wake Forest I served as assistant professor at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine Family Residency Program.