I’ve always had a knack for making money (as evidenced by my successful lemonade stand as a 10 year old) and initially worked for Morgan Stanley after graduating from Barnard College. I made 6 figures by the age of 23. My pre-med tendencies never left and I pursued my medical degree at Columbia University and ultimately realized my goal of running an inpatient dermatology service at a major academic institution. But before I graduated residency, I was living paycheck to paycheck (worse actually and often ran out of money before the next check) and was in $20,000 of credit card debt. I also had $200,000 in student loans. About 10 years prior to that, I had cashed out my 401(k) plan at Morgan Stanley. No one told me this was a bad idea. In fact, no one really taught me anything about money. Serendipitously, I overheard 2 co-residents discussing money and investing during my last year of residency. As I learned more about money and investing, the more I realized there is an enormous gap in knowledge and resources for how professional women should not only manage money but also tackle the rising cost of childcare, divorce, elder care, and other unique concerns for breadwinning women. I had a late start finishing residency at age 38, but am confident I will attain financial independence within 15-20 years.
I’m passionate about:
- financial health – especially for my fellow doctors and women
- teaching residents to become excellent dermatologists
- traveling and new experiences
- food – cooking, eating, traveling to eat it