Psychiatry Residency: Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica, West Indies
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
I was born and raised in Central Florida. Since a young age, I have been drawn to the field of medicine. After finishing high school, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from UCF. The decision to enter psychiatry began while studying in medical school. As clinical rotations progressed, I found myself working mostly with people who had psychiatric and medical comorbidities. At that time, I found mental health treatment, with outcomes of being a better spouse, parent, or friend, far more rewarding than other, equally important, outcomes in medicine. In residency, I was drawn to major mental illnesses, specifically Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. Training in Philadelphia provided a wealth of opportunity to see major mental illness in at different stages, severity, and progression.
While working with individuals struggling with these illnesses, I was struck how often they interacted with the legal system. I had been interested in the law while growing up and considered studying law as a profession for a period of time. The interface of psychiatry and the law is an opportunity to provide a great deal of service to individuals and society, as well as, integrate two fields I have a great deal of passion. As for me, I enjoy spending time outdoors, namely fishing, running, and going to the beach. Studying forensic psychiatry at UF is truly a dream come true. Go Gators!