Hometown: Goshen, IN
Bio: I was born and raised in Goshen, Indiana to Mexican parents. Growing up, I witnessed firsthand the sacrifices they had to make to build a better future for my siblings and I, often putting aside their own mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Sometimes this led to an unstable home that resulted into some personal traumatic experiences and obstacles. Seeing how health is intricately affected by our daily life experiences, culture, perception, environment and inequitable social systems, this is what motivated me to pursue a medical career grounded in creating a positive change for patients and becoming an advocate for their health. In medical school, I found that Family Medicine will allow me to educate and empower patients about their health and have the honor and privilege to accompany them through every stage of life.
Why Memorial: Memorial Hospital felt like home and its people felt like family. I saw the commitment of its faculty and residents to their patients and that is the doctor I want to be.
Clinical interests: Underserved populations, Women’s health, preventative medicine, public health, obesity, childhood trauma, environmental health
Hobbies: Music, Karaoke, Movies (favorite movie End Game), Food, Soccer, Learning to play new instruments
Favorite quotes: The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Advice: Remember who you are and where you came from. Not everyone goes through the same processes and circumstances. Therefore, comparing ourselves to other people who may seem more successful, would not be measured on the same scale. Keep your eyes on the goal and most importantly recognize the potential you carry. Because that potential, your desire and dedication are what will take you to save lives in places you could never have imagined. As you go along your journey, do not stay silent, speak up and stay positive. Being out of your comfort zone is the key ingredient for progress.
Favorite thing to do/place to go in South Bend/Mishawaka: Play soccer at the Kroc Center. Spend quality time with loved ones.