I was born and raised in Merritt Island, FL making me a proud Florida native and I will forever call the ‘Sunshine State’ my home. I honorably served my country in the U.S Navy following high school and then went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California. After completing my undergraduate studies I chose the opportunity to return to Florida where I completed my medical degree at Florida International University in Miami. My residency took me to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville where I completed a five year surgical residency. Early in my residency, I selected breast surgery as my subspecialty allowing me to tailor my last year of training so that I could focus on the surgical management of breast disease. I am a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and The Society of Surgical Oncology. I have held multiple positions within the Florida Medical Association. My clinical and research interests include, the surgical management of breast disease, skin sparing, nipple sparing and oncoplastic techniques. I utilize wireless localization and aesthetic scar incision placement. In addition to breast care, I also offer surgical treatment for melanoma, benign skin diseases, anorectal problems and minimally invasive approaches for hernia repair.
My first experience with breast cancer came when I was a teenager and my beloved aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40’s. I watched her fight a long, painful and emotional journey with a disease that ultimately took her life. The profound effect of this experience fueled my desire to pursue a career caring for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer. Furthermore, this shaped my commitment to provide patients with personal and caring medical staff during one of life’s most difficult times. Fortunately, there have been countless advances in the treatment of breast cancer since my aunt’s diagnosis leading to greater survival rates and increased hope.
I am passionate about providing innovative and integrative care to my patients while realizing the importance of the body, mind and soul connection in healing. While each healing journey is unique I am happy to extend hugs and prayers to my patients who request it. As well as, provide nutritional and spiritual information all of which are shown to improve the overall health and wellness of patients. I am excited to be part of a journey that often has a beautiful and empowering ending.
I enjoy spending time with my family and my in my personal time I enjoy reading, kayaking and traveling. I have also had the opportunity to serve in multiple other countries as part of medical mission teams. I have operated in Brazil, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Haiti. I am excited to be part of the Saint Petersburg community and look forward to a long career in this area, dedicated to helping those in our community in their time of need.
“You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.” Maya Angelou