Medical Psychology, First-Year Rehab & Neuropsychology Fellow
- Clinical psychology degree: University of Hartford, West Hartford, Conn.
- Predoctoral internship in rehabilitation and neuropsychology: Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium, Columbia, Mo., at the University of Missouri.
What brought you to Michigan?
I moved to Michigan at the end of August 2017 to complete my two-year fellowship that began on Sept. 1, 2017.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I have always been more interested in working in a medical setting and on an interdisciplinary team. Rehabilitation psychology is the perfect place for me to see patients individually, as well as work with their families, and interface with the rest of the rehab team, including physiatrists, internists, PT, OT, SLP, nutrition, nursing, etc. The world of neuropsychology and rehab often overlap, and I feel very strongly that it is important to be familiar and well versed with both areas in order to best serve patients.
My parents still live in central Wisconsin, where I grew up and completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy. I have an older sister who has recently moved back to Wisconsin and who also is a neuropsychologist. I have a younger brother, who is an engineer, living in Texas. I moved to Michigan with my partner, Michael, and we have two dogs - a golden retriever and a black lab.
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
I very much enjoy to keep active and stay healthy - I love to be outdoors, go on hikes, walks, or runs. I also enjoy swimming and swam competitively during my undergrad career, all 4 years. I typically will do one half marathon and a few sprint triathlons each year to stay busy. Otherwise, I am busy playing with my dogs and exploring the local area.
What do love about the Mid-Michigan area?
I am really loving all of the places to explore and outdoor activities, particularly in the fall – it’s beautiful!! :)
Biggest surprise about working in Flint:
Due to recent events, Flint has gotten a bad reputation; however, I have really enjoyed learning about Flint’s history and exploring. There are great places to go and fun things to do, just like every other town/city. I have yet to meet someone unfriendly.
Favorite ways to keep work-life balance manageable:
Maintaining a work-life balance is always a challenge, but exercise definitely helps me with stress management. I always carve out time each day to do something active. I keep in touch with my family, enjoy playing and cuddling with my pups, watch TV to zone out every once in a while, and really try to shut down after work if I can, in terms of checking emails - some nights I really do just put my phone aside and don’t touch it. I recently got into cooking, also, and look forward to making meals with my partner.