I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I then attended medical school at SABA University in the Netherlands-Antilles and completed my Internal Medicine residency at University of Missouri at Kansas City and my Oncology/Hematology fellowship at Wayne State University/Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, Michigan.
I worked as an Academic Hospitalist at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan prior to starting my fellowship in Hematology/Oncology.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
I live in Dunlap, IL with my husband and two children.
Hobbies / Interests:
Dance, Running, Cooking, and Travel.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
The cancer treatment field is heading towards personalized medicine and the first phase of this endeavor has been quite successful with the development of targeted molecular therapies for various malignancies.
Why did you choose your field?
Cancer medicine is constantly evolving, much like the disease itself. I enjoy the challenge.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
Illinois is where I started my journey to become a cancer doctor and I am fortunate that I was able to find a wonderful practice like Illinois CancerCare and a heart-warming community such a Peoria to make contributions in cancer.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
Take time to cope with the diagnosis. Keep a positive outlook and explore all your options for treatment. Finding a doctor and treatment center that put your interests first is a crucial initial step in your cancer journey.
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