Introduction

I am a board-certified family physician in Austin, Texas. I was born in Roanoke, Virginia, raised on a farm one hour from Lexington, and attended Botetourt County public schools and Roanoke Valley Governor’s School.

After completing a BS in Biology at W&L, I moved to Richmond to attend the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and then back to Roanoke to complete my family medicine residency at Carilion Health Systems.

When I completed my residency, my husband and I moved to Austin so that he could attend graduate school at the University of Texas. I have been in private practice in Austin since 2004 and currently work at a small clinic caring for many uninsured and under-insured patients. I volunteer for a non-profit called HorseLink and provide free medical care through Project Access Austin. A lifelong equestrian, I enjoy riding and competing in hunter/jumpers in my spare time as well as attending concerts, sporting events, and enjoying the Texas sun.

The voice I can bring to the board

As a family physician who works in a small, private clinic unaffiliated with insurance, I see a rather broad and diverse range of patients. A few of my patients are wealthy, but most are self-employed or small business owners, and most are uninsured or under-insured. I grew up in a rural area in Virginia and now work in a large city.

My husband and I have traveled extensively and I have been exposed to a wide range of cultures. This exposure to numerous different socioeconomic, cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds has broadened my ability to have empathy for a person’s personal beliefs. I believe that W&L is making an effort to widen their spectrum of students from different backgrounds and I also believe that college is an ideal time in one’s life to experience this diversity. I am eternally grateful for the education, friends and experiences I had during my four years in Lexington and would be honored to assist the school in evolving toward a more diverse group of students to enhance the W&L community.

My service to the University community

I served on the Student Recruitment Committee as an undergraduate and was co-chair of the committee for two years.

I volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Rockbridge County all four years of my undergraduate career.

As a member of Pi Beta Phi, I participated in various events sponsored by the sorority.

I am active in the Austin W&L alumni chapter.

Other community service

I currently serve as President of the Board of HorseLink, a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides equine-assisted learning programs for veterans, cancer survivors, and those struggling with addiction. I joined the HorseLink board initially as an at-large member in 2014 and was elected President in 2016. In 2017, I completed a nine month certification course to become a facilitator and I co-facilitate several programs a year. The HorseLink board is a working board, actively involved in fundraising, planning and hosting events, and establishing connections within the Austin community and with other non-profit organizations. Our yearly operating budget has more than tripled during my tenure as President.

Since 2004, I have served the Austin community as a physician volunteer through Project Access, an organization that provides free medical care to low income uninsured patients, and I served on the Executive Committee of Project Access from 2009 until 2018, when the Committee was disbanded due to a reduction in need provided by the Affordable Care Act.

I am a member of the Travis County Medical Society and participate in providing free sports physicals for underprivileged students in Travis County each year.

I served on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Hunter/Jumper Association from 2012-2016.

I served as a resident board member for the Virginia Academy of Family Practice from 2003-2004.

While an undergraduate at W&L, I volunteered at the Rockbridge Free clinic and Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Relevant personal and professional experience

As head of the Student Recruitment Committee as an undergraduate, I was involved with giving tours of the University, as well as selecting students for the Committee. I also gave horse-drawn carriage tours of Lexington one summer and gave tours to various Alumni College programs.

As an associate professor at the Academy of Oriental Medicine Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, I taught Anatomy and Pathophysiology for three years. I was responsible for developing my own curriculum, designing and administering exams and preparing students for their national board exams.

I have precepted numerous medical students and some nurse practitioner candidates in my practice. My experience in higher education and recruitment and as an educator would benefit the Undergraduate Academic and Admissions Committee and possibly the Campus Life Committee.

Accomplishments

Featured in the Texas Monthly article “The Baffling Experience of Living with Long COVID” by Clayton Maxwell, May 6, 2021.
Primary author or “Overuse Injuries in Equestrian Athletes” published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, December, 2004
Board Certified in Family Medicine since 2004.

Candidate for Degree of Fellow by the American Academy of Family Practice.

Completed certification by the Institute for Functional Medicine in 2019.

Numerous high point year awards from the Central Texas Hunter Jumper Association.

Other interesting facts

After being diagnosed with a health condition in my mid-thirties for which no specific medical or surgical treatment exists, I was forced to take a multi-faceted approach to my health and career in order to conquer this illness. This process inspired me to realize the importance of challenging dogma, being open to change, and having the resilience to implement those changes even in the face of resistance.