What drew you to public health?
I am currently a clinician but I am interested in the diverse career opportunities available to someone with an MPH. I enjoy epidemiology, health policy, health care delivery and investigating health trends.
What interests you the most about the field?
I appreciate that public health is all inclusive. The services are for everyone, not just those who can afford them. Also the field of public health is broad.
What drew you to the Executive Program in Health Services?
I’ve been working as a dentist in a community health center for 12 years. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and dental degree from the UW. I reached a point in my career where I was ready to grow. I couldn’t afford to quit my job to return to school, so an executive program was the only option for me.
Why did you choose the UW School of Public Health?
Returning to the UW was a no-brainer. All of my training here has placed me among the best. I don’t think I’ll ever attend another university. I have 100% confidence in the education I have received and continue to receive from the UW.
What sort of research are you working on or interested in?
I'm most interested in the social determinants of health.
What other jobs or volunteer work do you do?
I'm the assistant dental director of a community health center. I was appointed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Dental Quality Assurance Commission in 2018. I am also an examiner for the Western Regional Examining Board.
What do you like most about Seattle?
I love the green. I even enjoy the rain. I also appreciate living among the open-minded, compassionate people in this area.