Could you tell us a little bit about your educational background?

I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University and I received a Master of Science in Health Sciences from Drexel University.

What first got you interested in the healthcare field as a career choice? There are a lot of career options in the field -nursing, physician assistant, etc., what made you decide that genetic counseling was the right practice area/career choice for you?

Personal experiences sparked my interest for working in healthcare. I always wanted to work directly with patients. I love that as a genetic counselor I will be able to not only educate and inform patients about their health, but also be with them while they work through what could be a difficult moment in their life.

What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education and in particular in pursuing your Genetic Counseling degree?

I learned about the genetic counseling profession only about two years ago when someone suggested it to me as a career option. In order to become a competitive applicant, I worked full time while taking additional coursework, shadowing genetic counselors and volunteering in a peer counseling setting.

What are you most looking forward to about beginning your Genetic Counseling studies?

I am looking forward to working with a wonderful group of classmates and faculty.

What is one fun and interesting fact about you?

I am a huge sports fan. I played basketball growing up but am also an obsessive football fan.