I grew up in New Hampshire, next door to my grandparents’ farm. My family is all about New England culture. They raise cows, grow fruits and vegetables, make maple syrup, and love the outdoors. After graduating college, I moved to Beijing, China, where I worked in a hospital and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine. After two years in China, I came back to the US and settled in Boston. As a research assistant, I investigated tai chi as a therapy for patients with COPD. My passion for mind-body practices influenced my decision to attend the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose psychiatry because of the potential for integrative approaches in mental health. As an osteopath and yoga teacher, I would like to blend mindful movement with psychiatry.
When choosing a residency program, it was important for me to stay in New England and be close to my support system. The University of Vermont is a natural fit because the culture supports my integrative interests. I appreciate that UVM has the extensive resources of an academic medical center while maintaining connections to the community. Within the Department of Psychiatry, I value the emphasis on wellness and the team-based approach. Faculty members are supportive and dedicated to teaching, and residents are happy and work collaboratively. Burlington is a beautiful city, and I’m happy to call it home. I enjoy the easy access to outdoor adventures, farmers' markets, live music, delicious restaurants, and interesting people.