SIA Graduation Year
Who influenced you most during your time at SIA? How?
Oooh. That’s a tough one. We had (and still have) wonderful teachers. Mrs. Mcafee, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Hester, and Dr. Coleman.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at SIA?
The one thing I learned during my time at Sharkey and I use every single day is how to relate to and get along with everyone. I feel like I can relate with my patients no matter their background because of my upbringing in the delta and my years at SIA.
What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most out of their SIA experience?
You are not an underdog. When you go to college, you will understand just how great your teachers are at SIA. You’re going to be on a level playing field, if not ahead, as long as you put forth effort now.
Describe your career path.
I graduated in 2004 from SIA. I majored in biology at Miss College and graduated with honors in 2008. I started medical school at UMMC in 2008 and finished in 2012. I completed my Internal Medicine residency at UMMC in 2015. I have been working in Madison doing primary care internal medicine since then. I am currently working with Baptist Medical Group. I also work in Rolling Fork doing clinic on Wednesdays.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I was honored to receive the 2019 Doctor of Distinction award by the Mississippi State Medical Association.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Study hard and stay focused. This is a very rewarding field, but it demands your best every single day.
Tell us something about your family/spouse/kids.
My husband Nick is a Washington School graduate (2003). We have two kids, Coy (6) and Kennedy Vale (3). We have two dogs, Uno and Moose. We live in Jackson and attend Fondren Church.