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  • ( May-2025 )
  • Mesa , Arizona, USA

About (Summary)

As a Mexican-American woman, I strive to represent my heritage with pride, and will be the first of my family to become a physician. It is in my DNA to strive to be continually challenged throughout my entire medical career and in life. In 2018, I graduated from Duke University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. I honed my leadership skills as a Division I athlete at Duke University and then Arizona State University, where I earned a Master’s degree in Integrated Healthcare in 2019. While applying to medical school I worked as a Quality Analyst at Mercy Medical Center, giving me the chance to help the underserved in my hometown of Baltimore. I am currently a second-year medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. During medical school I have continued to lead and volunteer in various ways (reference below sections). I am also heavily involved in research involving healthcare disparities and neurologic surgery. Each day I continue to strive towards becoming a translational physician, delving into population health issues and improving my understanding of how to best help those who are most vulnerable.


Duke University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
2014 to 2018
Arizona State University
Masters of Integrated Healthcare
2018 to 2019
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
doctor of medicine(m.d)
2021 to 2025

Your Major

doctor of medicine

Language Proficiency

English (US)

Honors and Awards

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine Scholarship
Recipient of a benefactor funded scholarship over course of 4 years.
The Art of Neurosurgery Conference Scholarship Recipient
Sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Arizona Neurological Surgery Department to attend the 4th Annual Mayo Clinic Update in Complex Neuroscience Patient Care in Sedona.
Guinn B. Burton Medical Scholarship
Two-time scholarship recipient through the Arizona Community Foundation.
Dunloggin Scholarship
McDonogh School endowed scholarship recipient.
KNN Medical Student Conference
Selected to lead, instruct and facilitate the national annual conference.
McAuley Gold Award
Mercy Medical Center employee excellence award recipient.
NCAA Elite 90 Award
Received the award for the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average of the NCAA Final Four.
Robert A. Winn Clinical Investigator Pipeline Program
Chosen as part of the inaugural cohort of research fellowship sponsored by BMSF, AACR, and NMF. This was a six-week mentored program focused on clinical trial research and leadership training, and community engagement
Dermatology Foundation Diversity Research Supplemental Award
Grant recipient for research entitled “Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome in Underrepresented Minorities: A Matched Case-Control Study.”
CFHA Annual Conference Presenter
Presented two posters entitled "Behavioral Health Integration Within Division I Collegiate Athletics” and “If the Assessment Fits, Use it!”
Magna Cum Laude
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University.
Dean's list and ACC Honor Roll at Duke
Dean’s List w/ Distinction: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016; Dean’s List: Fall 2015, Spring 2016; ACC Honor Roll: 2014-18
NCAA DI Student-athlete at Duke (4 years) and ASU (1 year)
Varsity Women's Soccer Scholarship Recipient at Duke and Arizona State. My team was the 2015 NCAA National Runner-Up, 2016 Elite Eight and 2017 semifinalist.
Dean's List
Dean’s List w/ Distinction: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016; Dean’s List: Fall 2015, Spring 2016

Grad School Interests

While in medical school, I have volunteered as a part of leadership for the Mayo Clinic chapter of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation: Block the Blaze program, reaching K-12 students to raise awareness of the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. Additionally, I am involved with Street Medicine Phoenix, caring for the homeless with the goal to improve access to quality healthcare through street-based primary and preventive care services. As an active member of the Kern National Network (KNN) for Caring and Character in Medicine, I co-presented a talk on teamwork alongside faculty of the KNN as well as co-founded my medical school's chapter of the KNN. I really enjoy giving back and I aim to continue to do so throughout my career. For this reason, I am providing mentorship and guidance to an underrepresented undergraduate pre-medical student participating in the Undergraduate Plummer Scholar Program at Mayo Clinic. Through all these development opportunities, I saw how inclusive communities can build trust and rise above adversity together. I will bring a deepened sense of awareness, cultural sensitivity, and respect for others with me into my medical practice. I want to be a part of the solution, bringing medicine to the overarching fight for equity.

Intended Job Path

In June of 2022, I was placed on a surgical skills rotation in Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Before this moment, I had not ever considered becoming a neurosurgeon; however, this overwhelmingly positive experience lit a spark inside of me. Through a National Medical Fellowships experience sponsored by the Bristol Meyers Squibb Foundation this past summer, I explored healthcare disparities in cancer clinical trials, while also getting more hands-on experiences in the OR, including pediatric neurosurgery cases. I have recently started working on a few neurosurgical research projects, and already have two works-in-progress. Over Thanksgiving break, I flew out to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to rotate within the Neurosurgery department. Complexity has always drawn me in, and I want to learn from the best, seeing the latest advances in neurosurgery. For this reason, I am very thankful to have been awarded a scholarship to attend the 4th Annual Mayo Clinic Update in Complex Neuroscience Patient Care. With such a wide array of backgrounds and areas of expertise around me, my interest in neurosurgery as a career has grown exponentially. It would be an honor to be so closely connected with my patients while working on a team where every member is integral in practicing the art of neurosurgery.

Job Experience

Quality Analyst in Quality Assurance and Risk Management
Mercy Medical Center
August, 2019 to May, 2021
Soccer Coach
Self-employed- worked with several youth teams and individual players teaching soccer skills, creating and running team sessions, and providing effective real-time instruction during competition.
May, 2015 to May, 2018


Plummer Scholar Program mentor- provides mentorship and guidance to underrepresented minority pre-medical students.
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Plummer Scholar Program
May, 2022 to May, 2023
John Wayne Cancer Foundation Ambassador- assists in the leadership of the Mayo Clinic, AZ chapter of Block the Blaze, a K-12 skin cancer educational program.
John Wayne Cancer Foundation: Block the Blaze
July, 2021 to July, 2022
Street Medicine Phoenix volunteer- cares for the homeless with the goal to improve access to quality healthcare through street-based primary and preventive care services.
Street Medicine Phoenix
February, 2022 to June, 2023
Bridges Baltimore tutor- taught math and science to disadvantaged students in Baltimore City.
Bridges Baltimore
August, 2019 to March, 2020


I enjoy spending my free time hiking, biking, doing yoga, and practicing meditation. I would also consider myself to be a desert connoisseur, especially when it comes to gelato.


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