Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at Cooper
- Board Certification: Internal Medicine
- Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
- Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- Residency: Internal Medicine – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
- Special Interests: Women’s health, medical management of the adult patient, preventative medicine.
What made you decide to go to medical school?
I initially became interested in medicine after working at Salem County Community Hospital as a candy striper and taking part in a medical explorer program in high school. My father was an Italian immigrant who started a pizzeria business, and my mother was a schoolteacher. They always stressed the importance of doing your best, working hard to get a good education, and helping others. Medicine seemed like the perfect fit.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose Internal Medicine because I like having the opportunity to collaborate with other specialists to develop a comprehensive plan of care through a coordinated team approach.
What do you enjoy most about primary care?
I really enjoy developing relationships with my patients. It is important to be aware of what is happening in someone’s life outside of the exam room when trying to successfully manage their overall health and wellness.
What is your philosophy of care?
I think preventive health care is imperative. Thoroughly reviewing a patient’s health history and identifying risk factors is crucial to delivering quality medical care and detecting disease in an early state. I like to educate my patients on the importance of remaining up-to-date with their exams and screenings.
How do you spend your time when you’re not seeing patients?
I am a true foodie – I love trying new foods and recipes. I also like to travel and most of all, to spend time with my family.