What motivated you to get into the medical field, specifically in neuro-oncology?
I have always been fascinated with science, specifically biology. For my master’s thesis, I was studying federal regulatory policies regarding adult stem cells. One of my committee members had a PhD in neurology, and she introduced me to the field.
What makes working at IBTC different than other research centers?
The IBTC phase 0 trials allow for patients to receive an answer on effectiveness in weeks, rather than months, which can save time and allow patients to have more options.
How do you keep a patient’s spirit alive during such an emotional, life-threatening time?
I try to present the patient with additional options, so that they don’t reach a premature dead-end or feel lost. I also remind family members how much their loved ones with brain tumors appreciate the care and all the support they provide.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Getting to attend lectures and learning more about treatments for brain tumors and neurological disorders.
What is it like to know that you’re playing an integral role in identifying new therapies that will contribute to a cure for brain cancer?
I feel privileged and excited!
What keeps you motivated when dealing with such a complex disease?
Knowing that I am helping people and that they appreciate what I do for them.
What’s the one TV show you never miss?
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?
Any kind of dancing.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
Bill Gates (his foundation funded my college education).
Do you have a secret talent that no one knows about?
I am a decent singer.