Moved to the SF Bay area four months ago for a new position and absolutely love it. Originally from SoCal with a recent one year stint in Seattle for advanced clinical training and spent all last summer volunteering in a US Navy humanitarian mission around South East Asia aboard the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship.
I'm passionate about many things: travel, roadtrips, CrossFit, fitness, hiking, cooking, photography, healthcare, and being a kid at heart. I enjoy running too, completed 4 half-marathons thus far and soon enough will compete in a Half Ironman.
Workwise these days-- making major efforts to positively impact and change the way healthcare is delivered. I work in the Emergency Department and part of the Trauma Team- with a front row seat to the circus of life- complete with all its beauty and horror. I absolutely love what I do! If anything, instead of making me cynical, what I do makes me more excited about the gift of life while seeking new ways to live it up.
I grew up reading Nat Geo, watching Discovery Channel, and as a kid I would sit on my bed and stare at a ginormous 6'x'4' Nat Geo world map above in order to memorize as many countries, islands, rivers, and lakes as possible. A few years back I had the gumption to quit my job and go experience these places that captured my imagination all across the globe. I spent an incredible 1.5 years playing global hopscotch meeting incredible people, gazing upon vistas that are absolutely sublime, all while experiencing some hair-raising adventures via car, train, plane, boat/ship, parachute, scuba tank, bike, horse, donkey, elephant to traverse oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains, valleys, concrete jungles, forests, plains, and deserts. Other times required I run, jump, swim, squat, duck, crawl, throw, abseil, stand, or just sit back and relax. Plenty of stories there. Once a traveler, always a traveler. Will continue to visit new places and revisit old ones with new insight/perspective. The way I see it, the more I experience now, the more I have to share later.
While crazy adventures create memories that last a lifetime, I still enjoy the simple stuff like flying my Squeaky the Octopus Kite around the Berkeley Marina, going for a fun run along Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge, watching the SF Ballet, attending a symphony, playing cloud pictionary, being immersed in a good book, reading The Economist, listening to NPR, watching TED, exploring a good museum exhibit, cooking up a new recipe, or just sipping a glass a wine watching the sunset.