I’m a dactor.
That’s a doctor-actor (I thought I was original with that, but it’s already on Urban-Dictionary). I’m a board-certified family physician and have a Master’s in Public Health, so if you twist your ankle or urgently need to develop a program for health literacy while we’re on set, I’ll be happy to help out. I am passionate about healthcare, but I fell back in love with acting in 2016. I fell so hard that my husband and I moved all the way across the country from Ithaca, NY, to sunny Los Angeles so I could pursue it for real. During the 15 months from when I made that decision to when we moved, I completed a five-semester Meisner program, performed in ten community theatre shows (including a two-woman showcase that I co-produced, directed and costumed) and ten student films. The film in which I had my first lead (a smart, lovable but homicidal hobo) was also selected for the Harlem International Film Festival. I also wrote, directed and produced my first short film (Works in Progress, about a doctor making a home-hospice house call), all while working 30 hours a week as a doctor at Cornell University’s student health center.
Basically, since I started acting again, I have been a woman on fire. I think this work is healing, inspiring and powerful, and I am incredibly excited and grateful to be doing it.
I also write a blog about being a doctor who tries to stay connected to my humanity, including my renewed passion for performance. You can check that out here if you're curious!