Where did you grow up and go to school?
I grew up in North Little Rock. I graduated from Central Arkansas Christian High School, and from there went on to get my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at UCA. I was a member of the Honors College, and their wind ensemble. I attended the UAMS for my medical degree. I matched into Family Medicine and completed my residency at the UAMS AHEC site in Fort Smith.
What brought you to Faulkner County?
It was closer to home, and I had a wonderful experience here during undergrad. Baptist had an opportunity to be a part of the new Family Medicine Clinic in conjunction with opening the hospital. Our building houses several other specialties that makes continuity of care easy and convenient. The community is so family-oriented; my husband and I wanted a good place to raise our son.
How did you get your idea or concept of your business?
As a young child I shadowed our veterinarian around during spring and summer breaks whenever she would let me. In middle school and high school my mom adopted my siblings, all from China, ranging from 18 months to 13 years old, which got me interested in pediatrics. However, during clinical rotations I enjoyed working with all age groups. Thus, I ended up choosing family medicine as my specialty. Fort Smith prepared me well, with a complementary mix of clinic, nursing home and hospital work that included newborns, children, teenagers, adults,
obstetrics, and geriatrics.
What do you love most about working/living here?
The people. Everyone is so warm and welcoming. It’s a very family-friendly environment, and thanks to all the colleges, there’s this spirit of innovation that’s very refreshing.
To what do you attribute your success?
Good mentors. My mother has been there for me, encouraging me to pursue my dreams, but never pushed me in any particular direction. She was that gust of wind in my sails whenever I needed it. Another lifelong friend, Pam Warrick, PhD, has
been invaluable as a guide and mentor. It was very important having strong, supportive women in my comer.
Tell us about your family.
My husband is also a family physician, and have one son and three dogs.
This article first appeared in Faulkner Lifestyle.