When I was 16 I tore my ACL. It was one of the first times where I had felt true despair at my situation. I spent 10 years of my life competing in gymnastics and in other sports. Sports were my source of self-esteem and most of my identity. I thought I would never be able to play sports again, at least not to the extent that I had before. In a way I was right. I was never the same, but it did lead me to my interest in medicine. Since I was 16 I have been steadfast in my desire to become an orthopedic surgeon and pay it forward to anyone that finds themselves in a similar situation.
Since then I have competed in the pole vault in college and torn my ACL two more times. My focus and dedication to my own health along with my orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist have helped me recover quickly each time. I am truly passionate about taking care of my body to prevent future injury. I now am able to run and lift several times a week. I love spending time in my kitchen cooking up healthy meals, hiking, mountain biking, playing volleyball, and walking my dog.
”#withoutthewhitecoat I am a gym rat, an adventurer with a love for healthy food, and getting lost on a mountain.