I grew up in the coastal city of Oxnard, CA before leaving to UC Berkeley to complete my undergraduate studies. I received a BA degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Cross Culture Perspectives in Health Care and wrote my thesis in Social, Cultural and Political Implications of Childhood Obesity in the Latino Community. Post-graduation, I worked at several community organizations/clinic centered on childhood obesity prevention. My passion to help close the health equity gap for patients from underserved and underrepresented communities further lead me to nursing. I went back to school to complete my Bachelors in Nursing (BSN) degree from Samuel Merritt University in Sacramento, CA.
My first nursing position was at the UC Davis Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic where I provided education to pediatric patients with diabetes and other endocrinology diseases. While at UC Davis, I developed and implemented a Spanish type 1 diabetes support group for patients and their families. I joined UCSF in 2021 as the Inpatient Diabetes Educator and hope to serve as a link for patients/the diabetes team between inpatient and the Madison Diabetes Clinic in order to provide the best care for our patients.
Outside of work, I like to spend time with my husband and dog, hiking, kayaking and traveling.