I was born in New York City in 1976 and as a young child moved to the Dominican Republic with my parents and siblings. Growing up in an underdeveloped country helped me appreciate the simple things that contribute to living a full and happy life. It also helped me decide I wanted to become a physician to help people in need.
At the age of 17, my family and I moved to Connecticut. Culture shock and the need to learn a new language while going to school and working to support my family created its own roadblocks and challenges that made me stronger as a person and as a woman. I later attended the University of Connecticut graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing and Pre-Med. After graduation, I worked as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse in Connecticut and Georgia while waiting for medical school admission. This experience as a nurse in a critical and emergent setting only strengthen my knowledge and skills.
In 2004, I was accepted into Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and quickly moved to Michigan with my Husband to pursuit my lifelong dream of being a physician. Our first love was born while in medical school. She gave me a brand-new perspective on how immensely the heart can love. I also fell in love with obstetrics and gynecology while in medical school. The ability to provide full and comprehensive care for women through their reproductive years and menopause, influence self-confidence and de-stigmatization of women’s health became a passion for me.
In 2009 I was accepted into the University of Florida Ob/Gyn Residency Program. At the University of Florida I received multiple teaching awards and became the Chief Resident. During this journey, my husband and I were very fortunate to have 3 amazing children.
I am board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently practice both. Presently specializing in minimally invasive surgery, cosmetic gynecology, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, sexual function and hormone therapy. My interest and passion continue to lie in women’s health and education. Normalizing female anatomical terms and removing the shame associated with normal female anatomy and function is one of my educational goals.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is of special interest to me as I see the results of it on a daily basis. Women are often silent regarding the effects of pelvic organ prolapse. The most pronounce of them being urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction. Women often suffer for too long with POP believing it’s a natural course of aging with little interventions available and are often too embarrassed to mention it even to their physician. I also see how pelvic floor physical therapy; surgical intervention and many other modalities significantly improve the lives of women who suffer from POP.
One of my goals is to help women become more confident with their genitalia. To restore form and function. To educate women regarding our female body and become comfortable discussing anything concerning women anatomy, form and function without shame. Gone should be the days where we settle for having urinary incontinence, pelvic floor prolapse, vaginal bulge, sexual dysfunction, and disfigurement of the vulva and vagina. These conditions occur as a natural process of childbirth, aging and genetic makeup. However, women do not have to conform to these changes and allow them to affect our confidence, self-esteem and physiologic function.
Chief Maternal Child Medicine
St. Vincents Medical Center
Chief Resident at University of Florida
Education & Training
University of Florida Ob/Gyn Residency Program
University of Michigan College of Human Medicine
University of Connecticut
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
When I am not working its spending precious time with my beautiful family.