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I am a proud Washingtonian, born and raised in Washington, DC. I went to Yale for college where I studied Computer Science and Psychology, a mix I found particularly fascinating and exciting. I was initially using artificial intelligence and robotics as tools to understand human behavior but knew I needed a more clinical application of programming to medicine. My desire to mix technology with psychiatry took me to the NIH for a research fellowship, where I spent 5 years conducting neuroimaging research with a main focus on women's mental health and neuroendocrinology. I went to Drexel for medical school and was thrilled to match at Penn! It integrates what I love: phenomenal clinical psychiatric training and outstanding neuroimaging research, both within Penn's system and at CHOP. I also got hooked on Philadelphia and am excited to make it my home! In my free time, I like to run on the Schuylkill, teach Zumba classes, cook, and explore Philadelphia.
Hello! I grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, attended Penn State for college and graduated from Temple University School of Medicine. My bike rides to and from work are refreshing. With free time I cook dinners, play ice hockey, throw the Frisbee, and partake in activities around town. Through residency I have been encouraged and supported to pursue interests in addiction psychiatry, psychotherapy, and health care policy. The opportunities and mentorship here led me to accept a fellowship position next year at NYU in Addiction Psychiatry. I am confident my training at Penn prepared me for this experience, and I look forward to sharing the wisdom and knowledge I learned at Penn with others throughout my career.
The diverse, inspirational and stimulating group of co-residents I share time with has made my training experience fun and refreshing. I hope current applicants find similar warm feelings from their future program that I found at Penn.
Hi, I'm Danielle. I grew up in Moorestown, NJ, only 30 minutes away from Philly. I completed my undergraduate studies at Boston College where I majored in Theology. During my time in Boston, I became interested in working with underserved communities, and in particular, the street homeless population. After college, I worked in Camden, NJ at a clinic specializing in care for homeless individuals. During this time, I became interested in working with high utilizers of the healthcare system and different models of cost efficient, comprehensive, individualized care. I went to medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. My main interests are in social/community psychiatry and acute psychosis. In my free time, I love discovering new restaurants, experiencing Philly night life, hanging out with other co-residents, drawing, dancing, listening to live music, playing with my cute puppy, and cooking Italian and Korean food.
I have been on an eastward journey throughout life. I was born in a small town in British Columbia, Canada and grew up there until age 11 when my family immigrated to Minnesota. I went straight through my education, doing undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) and then heading to Georgetown University-SOM in DC. I ultimately landed at UPenn because of the warm-hearted, happy residents and faculty that I met on interview day along with the strong education in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy that I knew would make me into a competent, well-rounded psychiatrist. It's hard to pinpoint one specific interest at this early stage, but I am taking in all that Penn has to offer, and trust me, I could not ask for more diverse training opportunities. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and my co-residents have done an especially good job of introducing me to Philly life, food(!!), and culture!
I grew up in Smithfield, Virginia: the home of Smithfield Hams. I'm also a double ram (our mascot) from Virginia Commonwealth University and its School of Medicine, formerly known as Medical College of Virginia. I'm interested in LGBT health and spearheaded the development of my medical school's first course in transgender medicine. During my free time, I enjoy reading and hosting board game dinner parties. I chose Penn because of its amazing residents and because of its opportunities for involvement (medical student book club and Gender/Sexuality Supervision Group). Ask me about DBT skills group and psychotherapy track!
Hi y'all! I'm a Texan from the great town of San Antonio, and I'm the biggest Spurs fan you'll meet in Philly! For undergrad I went to the University of North Texas where I majored in Biochemistry. I spent a year before medical school in a Portuguese immersion program, and then went to UTMB in Galveston for medical school where I was heavily involved with the UTMB Gay-Straight Alliance and local LGBT medical and mental health advocacy. I then went to UT Southwestern in Dallas where I completed my residency in pediatrics. While in Dallas, I noticed the lack of mental health resources for kids in Texas and I started working on a psychiatric education curriculum for Pediatricians to help met that need. So, after residency I moved up here to Penn to get more training in psychiatry through the Post-Pediatric Psychiatry Portal Program. In my free time, I like to go running along the Schuylkill, explore Center City, watch tons of TV, and I've recently discovered that I'm a foodie since moving to Philly (the restaurant scene here is amazing!)
I hail from Michigan, known for its pristine and uncrowded beaches (especially in the winter months), but have been a loyal Philadelphian for the past 12 years. I studied philosophy at Messiah College, Temple University, the University of Strasbourg, France, and finally at Villanova University, before realizing philosophy was more fun out of academia than in. Thus, I made ends meet with nannying, teaching, and veterinary assisting before starting a post-bac program at Penn. And it has been Penn ever since: Penn Med School and now, best of all, Penn Psychiatry. Among all that psychiatry offers, I already know I am drawn to international psychiatry, psychodynamics, and psychosis, but I expect I might change my mind a time or two in the next four years. Which is why I chose Penn: the flexibility and support to pursue any path and to become a better psychiatrist than I even knew I could be.
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