Is a black belt in tae kwon do
Once upon a time, spent 60 hours on hospital call
Married with two children
Originally from Buffalo, but after 32 years, finally a true Boston sports fan
Favorite places: Italy, Southern France
Chief of department of neurology at a major, Massachusetts hospital
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?
A: After a lifetime of not exercising, I am learning to play soccer and golf. After few weeks of one-on-one soccer lessons with a wonderful personal trainer, Syreng Li, I joined a Sunday girls’ pick-up group. It is a ton of fun. I even scored a goal a couple weekends ago! That was the first time I scored a point in a sport. Golf is not going as well, however.
Q: STILL, THAT’S A PRETTY AMAZING COMMITMENT. HOW ELSE ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR TIME THESE DAYS?
A: Hanging out with the husband and kids, neuroscience, and reading. I work in a great department with super-smart researchers and clinicians. It’s a relatively new position for me, and I love it! I also recently started visiting colleges with my son. It’s great to have that time together, exploring his interests and what he wants to do.
Q: VERY COOL. CAN YOU SHARE A NEUROSCIENCE-RELATED FUN FACT?
A: With today’s technology, one can follow the activity of individual neurons over time in living animals. There will be great breakthroughs in understanding memories and cognition and developing therapies in the next few years. It is an exciting time to be in the neurosciences.
Q: RAD! BY THE WAY, WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES, AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?
A: Kirstan Barnett. I appreciate her passion and her outgoing nature!
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