At the age of eight, I received the most powerful gift one can give a child: opportunity. It was at that time when my parents uprooted our family from Brazil and moved to Richfield, Minn., in search of a better future. Growing up here, my parents instilled in me a strong work ethic, as well as the attitude that one does not make excuses, but works hard to find solutions.
It is this kind of outlook that I will bring to the Minnesota House of Representatives.
I am a board certified family practice physician and currently serve patients at Northfield Hospital’s Lakeville Family Health Clinic, located near Lakeville South High School, and also at Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Room. I attended Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Tenn., and completed family practice residency at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis. In addition to my medical training, I also graduated with a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
One of my passions is volunteering and providing medical care to impoverished populations around the world. I have worked in Tanzania, Mali, Nicaragua, Haiti, Brazil, as well as spent five months living and working in rural Zimbabwe. Recently, I provided medical care at a Syrian refugee camp and took care of people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
These experiences, both abroad and here in our community, have provided the background and knowledge to implement policy with both the patient and the provider in mind. I know how great Minnesota can be when given the opportunity.
It is my goal as your State Representative to provide all of our neighbors with that opportunity to thrive.
I currently live in Lakeville with my husband, Elliot, our three young boys and our dog, Pepper.