I am often asked, "Why do you do what you do?" You mean, why am I an OB/GYN? This is my story of how I got here…
When I was applying for residency at the end of my medical school journey, I referenced the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. I stood at a crossroads when I was graduating from college and, again, when I was graduating from medical school. This poem has always been the answer ... Twice, I chose the unexpected path. If you told my 18-year-old self that I would be an OB/GYN, I would never believe you!!
I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Texas at San Antonio. I knew I would go to graduate school and it was through a mentoring relationship, open doors and the grace of God that I was soon in my first year of medical school at The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Once I decided on medicine, it was immediately clear to me that I wanted to be Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). I believed in the health model that structure and function are inter-relational. I believed that there is a physical, mental and spiritual component to wellness … to medicine.
As I neared the end of medical school it was another moment of divine intervention and a true calling that I followed my heart to a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology. As soon as I made the decision and said out loud, "I want to do OB/GYN" I was at peace. I knew this was where God wanted me. The rest really is history.
I love what I do. It is a true honor to care for my patients. Patients have a particularly special relationship with their OB/GYN physicians. Not only during pregnancy (when you see each other often and then experience a miraculous event together), but even for gynecology visits, there is a trust that is essential between patient and physician. There are few things that make you as vulnerable as a visit to your GYN. Trust and comfort for that patient / physician relationship is foundational.
Allowing me to be part of your medical care during your pregnancy and at your delivery is the one of the highlights of the path I chose. It is such an intimate moment to be there as an active witness to the miracle of birth. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be there to care for you and to share with you such a magical moment.
I am here for you in your journey to healing. I am here to educate and to encourage you. I will lead by example and will help you to feel better, think better and feel better.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.