My road in life took a while to figure out.
Went to college right after high school. Studied Business because that is what my parents wanted.
Moved from Panama to the U.S. due to political unrest. Was unable to finish college (did 3 years).
Worked as an Executive Secretary for a major hotel chain for 11 years.
While working in the hotel, they wanted to promote me to management.
I decided to take a career test at the local community college. I scored high in health-related field.
Decided to start college again to pursue a nursing degree.
Met a Biology professor who challenged me to become a physician.
Completed MD degree at Georgetown after joining the Navy for its medical scholarship.


High School
University of Southern California
Psychology, General
University of Southern California


Family Medicine Physician / Lieutenant Commander

I am a doctor providing comprehensive primary care to patients from newborns to elderly people.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Helping People

Day to Day

As a doctor, I look at the list of patients I have scheduled for the day to prepare for the conditions and challenges I may face. I have to review their histories prior to meeting with them so I can speak knowledgeably and be efficient. I interview and examine the patients. Sometimes I perform procedures for them. I order studies, diagnose and prescribe medications and treatments as needed. As a Department Head of Family Medicine in my clinic, I will also perform many administrative duties.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Deciding you want to become a doctor. The earlier the better as it helps you organize a plan of study and preparation which can make it a little more smoother process.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should get married and have children."

Challenges I Overcame