I’m an infectious diseases physician who’s been studying and practicing in academic medicine for more than 30 years. I’m also a believer, wife, mom, friend, bereaved parent, essential oiler, sprint triathlete, weight watcher, and cancer survivor who has learned that it takes a whole tool kit of support to walk through life.
I’m passionate about sharing what has helped me, including essential oils and how to use them. I share tips on staying well, and education about infectious diseases. Check out the different parts of my page to learn more about essential oils, wellness, infectious diseases, dealing with grief, my faith, and more.
Here is some information about my background:
- Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
- Hardin-Simmons University, BA Biology & Chemistry
- University of Texas Medical School at Houston, MD
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Residency in Internal Medicine
- Yale University School of Medicine, Fellowship in Infectious Diseases
- Univ. of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine
- Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases
- Harvard School of Public Health, MS in Health Care Management
- Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy Practitioner Course
My Journey to Wellness
My husband, also an infectious diseases physician, and I came back to Texas after our training and joined the faculty at the School of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I worked on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, studied their transmission by molecular typing techniques, and investigated new therapies for antibiotic-resistant infections. My career has included a number of academic leadership positions, and I’ve been a leader at the national level in infectious diseases and healthcare epidemiology professional societies. I’ve been an author on > 100 publications in my field and been an invited speaker nationally, internationally, and in my city and region. In recent years, I have focused on improving healthcare by teaching quality improvement and patient safety. In my role as Associate Dean of Quality and Lifelong Learning, I also lead our institution’s continuing medical education department.
My husband and I raised two boys of whom we are so proud. Our oldest son is working as an attorney in public service and making a difference every day. We lost our younger son to suicide in 2012 when he was 18 years old. Will had a caring personality and intelligence with a wonderful laugh and an insatiable love for his friends. Our loss is indescribable and devastating. Our faith, family, friends, and meaningful work pulled us through the extremely painful early days of our grief.
I became interested in essential oils through my massage therapist, Jill Sulak. I had no idea how powerful these agents could be. I used them initially for housecleaning, sinus support, and physical discomfort. I started using two oils blends for emotional support–Joy and Valor–and over a period of several weeks I noticed a remarkable change in how I felt and in my motivation, energy, and mood.
I wanted to learn as much as I could about these amazing natural compounds. I took aromatherapy education that qualified me to take and pass the Registered Aromatherapist exam and I continue to take advantage of learning opportunities. I’ve become passionate about sharing essential oils with others. In addition to teaching classes locally and sharing one-on-one, my personal website is one way I’m sharing oils with others. I also share about infectious diseases and prevention, healthcare improvement, health and wellness tips, grief support, and my faith.