I have had the honor of working with the amazing staff at the International Travel and Infectious Disease Clinic since 2006 and still find it to be a fascinating and stimulating subspecialty. Global health and infectious disease are moving targets so the need for continued learning and research never ends. I jokingly tell my colleagues that I would do this for free because I enjoy it so much. I worked in psychiatric research, public health, HIV prevention and immigrant health before joining Park Nicollet. I love to teach and am passionate about health prevention.
I speak fluent Spanish, conversational French and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 1992-1994. I worked as a community health educator in a maternal/child survival project. I also coordinated community gardens with many of the local schools in Nicaragua to increase the nutritional quality of the standard beans and rice. I continue to volunteer in the Bloomington schools where my children attend and do occasional flu shot clinics with health care for the homeless.
I look forward to seeing you at the clinic!!