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I am a second generation Romanian. Both of my parents escaped Romania during the 1980s, when the communist regime and its dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had their tentacles tightly wrapped around the country and its people. I will always admire and respect my parents' courage, and will never forget that they risked their lives to escape to a country that offered them and their children the opportunities they would have never had if they remained in Communist Romania.
I was born in Los Angeles, California, and since then, have lived in various parts of the country, including Seattle, Washington; Savannah, Georgia; San Antonio, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and Asheville, North Carolina, where I currently reside and practice medicine.
I've completed a dual bachelor degree at University of Georgia in Psychology and Biology, as well as a minor in Spanish. During my undergraduate training, I also pursued a summer medical internship in Venezuela to improve my Spanish (...when Chavez was still alive!!). Despite the political chaos, I was able to complete my medical internship, and was able to learn so much from the doctors, medics and people I worked with and helped.
I attended Medical School at Medical College of Georgia. During medical training, I also was honored to have been inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Thereafter I completed an Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, where I also served as the Chief Neurology Resident. After completing residency, I completed a Clinical Neurophysiology with Emphasis in Epilepsy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. It was certainly an honor to work with some of the most brilliant clinicians and neuroscientists at Emory.