What is your role in the department?
I am currently a fellow in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. I work with Drs. Greg Branham, John Chi, and Emily Spataro.
What most attracted you to a fellowship at WashU?
I was attracted to this fellowship because of the diverse range of surgical exposure in all aspects of facial plastic surgery. I also liked the idea of working with several mentors in an academic setting so I could experience different approaches to patient care and surgical techniques.
What do you like best about your work here?
I enjoy working with my attendings to help care for their patients. It’s always a privilege to have patients allow you to help as a trainee. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with excellent mentors who all have different styles and can each offer unique perspectives and ‘surgical pearls’. The training has been invaluable.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My husband and I spend as much time as possible outdoors playing/exploring with our young son James. We have certainly enjoyed St. Louis’ parks and hiking opportunities!
Do you have a favorite quote/movie/book and why?
I have lots of favorites. My favorite TV series is probably Parks and Recreation. My favorite book series is still Harry Potter. Both are a relaxing escape and never fail to make me smile. My favorite “quote” is 1 Corinthians 13 because it beautifully sums up the highest values and goals in life for me and simultaneously reminds me of friendships and my wedding. The passage describes the values and qualities of love – “love is patient, love is kind.” It ends with a familiar phrase, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
What kind of position will you be tackling post-fellowship?
I’m excited to be joining a private practice, Missouri ENT, in Columbia, MO, and build on the facial plastics offerings available in that community.