Growing up, I loved science, and I always had a strong desire to study and treat cancer, so I could help people live comfortably and fulfilling lives. Today, I am able to do that in multiple ways through my work treating colorectal conditions, specializing in cancer care and minimally invasive surgical techniques, and through my work with the Novant Health Pelvic Health Center, where I treat benign colorectal and female pelvic health conditions.
A key part of my approach to healthcare is to ensure that my patients feel knowledgeable about their condition. That understanding can give patients a crucial sense of control over what can feel like an uncontrollable situation, in the case of both colorectal and pelvic conditions.
Colon cancer is the second most common cancer to die from, but every year, available treatments and outcomes improve. Here at Novant Health, I am a part of a team of leaders trained in minimally invasive colorectal surgery and advanced technology, such as the use of robotics. I have experience treating conditions such as rectal and colon cancer, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids and more. We offer comprehensive treatment by working as a team. Through collaboration with my fellow physicians, we can give patients the high standard of care they deserve. I also value open communication with my patients so that I can best meet their unique needs. It is an honor to be a part of a field that is growing and seeing successful results.
At the Pelvic Health Clinic, I work with women who have benign pelvic disorders or conditions. I have found that people do not often express their concerns about pelvic pain, or they just brush it off as a sign of aging. I aim to create a safe and dedicated space centered on open communication to make these topics less taboo and address any conditions that keep patients from living their most comfortable lives. At the clinic, I am part of a multidisciplinary team that works together to address any pelvic health condition with holistic treatments.
Outside of the office or operating room, I have experience working on clinical trials for advanced surgical techniques and for improving quality of life. For my professional development, I am a member of the medical advisory board for the Colon Cancer Coalition and serve on committees with the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.
In the community, I am a leader for the annual Get Your Rear in Gear races where participants raise money for colorectal screenings in underserved communities. I am married with two children, and, together, we enjoy traveling to the mountains, hiking and camping. I graduated from Wake Forest University, and you can always find me cheering on the Demon Deacons. And a fun fact about me is that I love playing the guitar - I was even in a band in college.