We are grateful for the trailblazers who paved the way for all of us in our history and those who make our lives better day by day. We celebrate the life and contributions of our team members, colleagues, and allies this International Women’s History Month.
¿De dónde eres? comparte algo característico de tu lugar de origen. Where are you from? share something typical from where you are from.
I was born in California, but grew up in Minnesota and North Carolina. My grandparents immigrated to the US from Holland – naturally I love cheese and tulips!
¿A qué te dedicas? What do you do?
I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist but also trained as a pediatrician. I’m also a mom of two very energetic young boys!
¿Qué te motiva? What inspires you?
I love working together with people towards a meaningful goal
¿Qué le dirías a tu yo más joven sobre donde te encuentras ahora en tu vida? What would you tell your younger self about where you are in life?
Don’t worry about what other people think of you and trust yourself. You are good enough!
Aunque todo lo que has hecho en tu vida es producto de tus esfuerzos, siempre tenemos personas que nos han apoyado a las que agradecer o recordar. ¿Quiénes son esas personas para tí y por qué? Although everything you’ve accomplished in your life is the product of your efforts, there are always people to thank or think about who supported you. Who are those people for you and why?
I have been very lucky in life. I am grateful to my mom for passing on the story of my grandparents, and grateful to my grandparents for their strength and bravery which serve as an inspiration for me to this day. I’m grateful to my husband who has been incredibly supportive of my career and endured years of medical training alongside me. And I’m grateful to my friends who inspire me with their ideas and support.
¿Qué significa para ti la equidad en oportunidad para los Latinos? What does it mean for you equity in opportunity for Latinos?
It means that people have the luxury to thrive and to think about and shape how they want to contribute to the world, and are not limited by circumstances, unfair and/or unsupportive systems. My goal is for others to have the opportunity to get to do the work that I do.
¿Hay algo más que te gustaría compartir? Is there anything else you would like to share?
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