I grew up in Slidell, Louisiana, about 45 minutes north of New Orleans, and lived in southeast Louisiana until I moved here to Charlottesville. I went to Louisiana State University for undergrad and medical school, and completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Tulane. I’ve been in Charlottesville since last summer, when I started my Allergy/Immunology fellowship. My husband, Walter Hoyt, Jr., MD, is a pediatric cardiology fellow at UVA.
Why medicine? Why Allergy?
I was that little girl who always wanted to be a doctor, and my volunteer and educational experiences affirmed that goal. I enjoy taking care of children and adults, and I wanted a deep knowledge of medicine, so I pursued both internal medicine and pediatrics. I am fascinated with the human body and how it interacts with (and sometime misbehaves in response to) the environment, especially with regards to foods–so I decided to focus my professional life on allergy and immunology.
Why UVA? What opportunities do you have here?
UVA’s Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology division has some of the most creative minds in the field; but what really stands out for me is the fun, kind-hearted people here. Academically, I have the opportunity to do both bench and clinical research, working with and learning from world-renowned experts. I’ve been blown away by the support and encouragement I’ve received as a first-year fellow.
And Charlottesville is a lovely town, with a unique balance of an excellent academic medical center and a small-town feel, with presidential homes and beautiful countryside nearby.
What are you usually doing in your spare time?
I enjoy trying new recipes in the kitchen, gardening with my husband, and playing with our precious “pa-uahua” (papillon-chihuahua) Bella!
What’s one thing you always have in your fridge?
Favorite travel destination?
Disney World and Sea Island–do I have to choose?!
Who’s your inspiration/hero?
Words to live by?
“Deeds not words”! This was the motto of the women’s welding team at Delta Shipbuilding Company in New Orleans, where my grandmother worked during World War II. A month after completing training, she and her team received an award for the best production rate making the famous Liberty cargo ships.
What about you would surprise us?
I was born and raised in southeast Louisiana–and I have no accent!
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