With an undergraduate background in theater and speech pathology, I pursued a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Following internship, my career path included teaching psychology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and chairing the Department of Theology, Psychology and Philosophy there. I then had a private practice for nine years. I left private practice to design and implement a program for behavioral medicine training at the Union Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in Terre Haute, Indiana. That circuitous route brought me to Kingsport. Although there were many things that appealed to me about coming to the program here, one of the most compelling reasons I wanted to join this faculty was the emphasis on communication skills and on teaching residents to attend to their personal well-being. With our intensive work in peer groups focused on self-reflection and on dealing with life events that happen during residency, we help residents prepare for the challenges they face personally and professionally. It’s a privilege to work in an environment that values and supports emotional and physical health. I enjoy reading, writing, herb gardening, and anthropomorphizing my Labradoodles—Jake and Henry, and I love living here in the gentle mountains of northeast Tennessee, just two hours away from my daughter Kelsea and 3-year-old granddaughter, Azra. Please contact me at email@example.com.