Amy grew up in New York City and went to college at SUNY Purchase, majoring in Women's Studies. While at Purchase, she studied abroad in Spain and in Jamaica, and won an award for best senior thesis in Women's Studies on the topic of gay fathers in Jamaica and parenting under economic crisis. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina she moved to New Orleans to work with the Common Ground Health Clinic, a free community clinic started a week after the storm. There she discovered her commitment to medicine and racial justice work, and began working as an ER tech in a local hospital, while continuing to work at the clinic for six years.
She attended medical school at LSU New Orleans where she worked in a student-run homeless clinic and became an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, expanding an existing needle exchange project to include an urgent care clinic. She also co-wrote a research project studying the effects of racial health disparities training vs. mindfulness skills trainings on the implicit racial biases of medical students.She is so excited about the amazing work happening in the Med/Peds program at Jackson, and honored to be a part of this community. In her free time, she likes to do yoga, hang out on the beach, drink coffee, go dancing, and bike around. She hopes to eventually specialize in Infectious Disease, focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Hepatitis C.