1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Fun fact, I once had 11 FUN sized Twix bars in one sitting. Just kidding (it was only 9). Something actually interesting that some people know about me is that I used to work as an animal handler/presenter. I worked for a company that did animal encounter workshops and parties for kids around Toronto. I’d come in with rabbits, chinchillas, frogs, snakes, birds and all sorts of other small animals for the kids to pet and teach them about zoology. It was loads of fun.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Most people know me as a dancer and a medical student, but one of my biggest goals is bringing together these passions. I don’t show much of my science side online, but I’ve worked in music therapy and dance therapy research since my undergraduate. I believe there’s a lot of power and therapeutical potential in dance and music. My time with Dancing With Parkinson’s (DWP) has been particularly exemplary of this. For anyone who isn’t familiar with DWP, it’s a program in Toronto that’s a collaboration between the National Ballet and York University. It’s a fantastic dance program that promotes community and fitness among those with Parkinson’s disease. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting involved!
3. What are your goals for the future?
Finishing school hahaha. I’m set for at least another 8 or so more years of medical school, residency, and fellowship. I complain, but in all honesty, I do love what I’m studying and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Creatively, I want to start doing more musical work and I’m also beginning contemporary training to further explore my range of movement.
4. What is your definition of success?
Success is whatever brings you happyness. Yes, with a “y” (I loved that movie).
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
I’m currently working on some violin projects so I can finally prove that my violin isn’t just a prop. I also have some dance projects planned with some amazing people I’ve met in Cork this year. Hopefully, we will be seeing the results of all this soon!