I am often asked, “Why do you do what you do?” You mean, why am I an OB/GYN? This is my story of how I got here… When I was applying for residency at the end of my medical school journey, I referenced the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. I stood at a crossroads when I was graduating from college and, again, when I was graduating from medical school. This poem has always been the answer … Twice, I chose the unexpected path. If you told my 18-year-old self that I would be an OB/GYN (or teaching cooking classes), I would never believe you!!
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Texas at San Antonio. I knew I would go to graduate school and it was through a mentoring relationship, open doors and the grace of God that I was soon in my first year of medical school at The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Once I decided on medicine, it was immediately clear to me that I wanted to be Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). I believed in the health model that structure and function are inter-relational. As I neared the end of medical school it was another moment of divine intervention and a true calling that I followed my heart to a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. As soon as I made the decision and said out loud, “I want to do OB/GYN” I was at peace. I knew this was where God wanted me. The rest really is history. I love what I do. It is a true honor to care for my patients. Patients have a particularly special relationship with their OB/GYN physicians. Not only during pregnancy (when you see each other often and then experience a miraculous event together), but even for gynecology visits, there is a trust that is essential between patient and physician. There are few things that make you as vulnerable as a visit to your GYN. Trust and comfort for that patient / physician relationship is foundational.
Allowing me to be part of your medical care during your pregnancy and at your delivery is the one of the highlights of the path I chose. It is such an intimate moment to be there as an active witness to the miracle of birth. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be there to care for you and to share with you such a magical moment. I am here for you in your journey to healing. I am here to educate and to encourage you. I will lead by example and will help you to feel better, think better and live better.
Board Certified OB/GYN, FACOOG
D.O., University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Fort Worth, Tx.
B.A., Psychology. University of Texas at San Antonio, TX.
Oklahoma State University Medical Center. Tulsa, OK.
Chief Resident 2008-2009
Resident Research of the Year 2008-2009
Academy of Culinary Nutrition
I want to teach people that taste can change; that food that is cooked well tastes better; that nutrient density matters. I want to teach people what good food is and what good food tastes like.
Good food matters.
The quality of your food, the source of your food, the preparation of your food is what makes good food … Good!
I was at the end of my OB/GYN residency. I was at my highest weight, having hormone imbalances and my husband was struggling with his weight, GI issues and insomnia. One night while my husband couldn’t sleep he searched online for “how to cure insomnia”. One link led to another and in his rabbit hole of searching that night he found “Mark’s Daily Apple” the website of Mark Sisson.
That changed everything.
We read and read and read. Then we started to make changes. We loved everything about the primal lifestyle that Mark and his team teaches about. It wasn’t just about diet, it was sleep and activity and stress management and sunlight and why the Standard American Diet was failing us.
We have been deep into Primal living and Paleo since then. That was 2008. I grew up a picky eater. I married a man who eats anything. Also, he loves to cook. Adopting this Paleo way of eating I started to broaden my palate. I made the promise to try anything, and if I didn’t like it, I would try again later. With my husband’s self taught kitchen skills, our food tasted good. And the better quality ingredients we bought, the better our meals tasted. We became friends with local farmers. We learned to eat nose-to-tail. We began fermenting foods. We cooked from scratch.
My asthma went away. Both of us saw skin improvements. My periods became regular and less painful. Rob’s stomach issues were resolved. We knew this was a lifetime lifestyle change.