I was born and raised in Plano, where I competed with my two sisters for attention. I was always in “high-gear” and strived to be “perfect” in and out of school. I was a natural athlete and competitor in multiple sports growing up, but in high school I played volleyball all year round. I worked extremely hard in school to graduate in the top of my class as I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I played college volleyball while getting my bachelors from Austin College and taking all my pre-med prerequisites. I also worked as an athletic trainer on campus giving me an edge on my sports medicine and orthopedics interest. I finished college in 3 years so you can imagine how “busy” I was. I received my bachelors in biology, minor in exercise sports science in May 2008. I got into the PA program at UT Medical Branch in Galveston and finished my masters in Physician Assistant Studies in Dec. 2010.
Performing your best was always a motto of mine, both on and off the court. As an athlete and coach myself I strive to teach our student athlete’s how to fuel your body for performance and prevent injuries. Nutrition, hydration, sleep, focus, dedication, and physical capability all play a vital role in athletic performance and in life! I’ve learned through personal experience that you only have one body, so you better take care of it! I am excited to be a part of Kid’s First Pediatrics and helping the children in the Highland Village community live happy, healthy lives.
Along with my desire to be in the medical field, I have also felt a call to serve, and have been on three medical mission trips: Peru, Egypt, and Brazil. They were incredible opportunities to practice medicine without the comforts of the office, labs, and diagnostic tests. It was powerful to see the medical need in these 3rd world countries and to be able provide quality care and compassion. These experiences opened my eyes to how fortunate I am to have the luxuries living in the U.S. I am grateful to have a wonderful medical team (Kid’s First) and nice facilities to practice medicine in. My husband and I are members at The Village Church, where we continue to serve. We enjoy teaching the 3 year old class at church on Sunday mornings. Over the years I have learned to stop focusing on how “stressed” I am and start focusing on how blessed I am!
My husband, Casey, and I love living in Lewisville, where we got married and bought a house in June 2013. When not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband, being outdoors, working out, and playing and coaching volleyball. We have a dog that we love to play with, bring to the dog park, and take on walks. My husband Casey introduced me to crossfit in 2012 and it became an integral and rewarding part of our lives. Because we wanted to share our passion for physical fitness and nutrition we invested in our own gym. We are now the proud owners of Crossfit Lantana and we hope to share our love of fitness with others. We look forward to working out with friends at Crossfit Lantana, as this is a lifestyle we follow and want to share with the community.