Initially drawn to orthopedic surgery, Dr. Herman discovered her passion for family medicine and community health after completing a six-month cultural immersion program in Guatemala. “My time in Guatemala opened my eyes to the fact that healthcare is not available for all when it is needed,” she says. “We were warned that much of what we were going to see would make us want to change everything, but the biggest change we were going to see was in ourselves. I returned to the US (with new Spanish speaking skills) and began to realize that these health disparities were right here in my own back (and front) yard!” While attending medical school, Dr. Herman learned more about the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and knew she was called to practice in such a setting.
Dr. Herman chose The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education because of its focus on medical care for underserved, urban, Spanish-speaking populations. “The different cultural groups in D.C. bring life and variety, brains and skills to our community,” she says. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!” Dr. Herman was born in Texas and attended medical school at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine-Kirksville.