I grew up in England and moved to the US in my early twenties. I had previously worked in public relations in London since graduating university and came to medicine later than most. I ended up in Chicago for medical school and then Phoenix, Arizona for residency and fellowship. I became a US citizen in 2015 the week after I graduated medical school. I have worked in Arizona and Oregon, but Alaska was always the dream.
My mind about the job was made up when I was driving back from my interview and saw a moose on the side of the road. In England, moose (along with raccoons, armadillos, and opossums) are creatures we only ever see in the zoo. I should also mention that my prospective new colleagues were ok, too.
One of my interests in pulmonology and critical care, is the reason illnesses happen at a molecular level, and I was lucky enough to be given a National Institute of Health grant to study in that fellowship. However, the reason I love my job is because of the extraordinary privilege of being able to help patients and their families through some of the most challenging and scary times of their lives: during critical illness.
I have a wonderful husband, who is a Zamboni driver, and two very cool kids. When I’m not photographing the local wildlife as they attempt to go through the trash, to send to the folks back in England, I am and hiker and a skier.