Podcast host of Neuroscience with Neurogal
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. Despite the political chaos during that time (2005/2006), I was able to complete my medical internship, and was so happy I did. I had the pleasure of learning much from the physicians, medics and patients 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.
I currently work as a neurologist and epileptologist. During my free time, I enjoy painting, salsa dancing, spending time with my husband and dog, and cannot get enough from reading books, learning, teaching, and deep philosophical discussion.