Performing Arts Medicine/ PM&R
Tell us about your work:
I am a Performing Arts Medicine Specialist practicing with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in the Southern California area. I care for general PM&R patients as well as performing artists. I am also the site director for the Loma Linda PM&R residency.
What helped get you there?
The first inklings of what I do now started when I first set foot on the Wellesley College campus. Lulu Chow Wang was a speaker welcoming us to campus. Mrs. Wang had named her renowned financial firm, Tupelo Capital Management, after the Tupelo tree, known for its strength and resilience. As a young student, I often found myself stopping at Tupelo Point after runs around Lake Waban to ponder the course of my life. In times of difficulties, I always remember my roots first grounded at Wellesley upon the foundation of all the great women who came before. I know I can always count on my fellow sisters to walk with me through hard times. It is this very reason that I joined AMWA.
Have there been any interests that you have continued to pursue outside of medicine? Have you been able to combine these with your medical career?
I continue to pursue my passion for the arts through dance and music. I serve in the capacity of conservatory physician for the A.B. Miller High School Dance Conservatory. I also work on a national level on the Dance/USA task force on Dancer Health. I am actively involved in research and advancement of the field of Performing Arts Medicine through my work on the Research Committee with the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
What advice do you have for students?
The strength of your faith, social networks, and fellow sisters will support you through the up’s and down’s of life. When you fall, get back up and have your sisters there to support you. Always seek the support of a mentor wherever you are. AMWA is a great place to help you form the bonds that will support you through your life.