Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Orange, New Jersey. My dad was a construction worker, my mom was a nurse’s assistant. She used to work in a nursing home. We’re originally from Haiti, and working very hard was very important to my parents to give us this opportunity. A friend introduced me to my husband. She thought we’d really hit it off together. [Laughs] I was not interested one bit. He was very persistent, and one day we did go on a date. When we met, I was just so comfortable with him and I felt like I could share anything with him. One date led to another and led to another and one day, we got married. It was the best decision I have ever made.
Why go into private practice?
Private practice gives me a sense of autonomy. I’ve always been very independent, and I’ve always liked to create my own future—private practice offered that to me. The ability to create my own schedule, the ability to dictate where my career goes—that was entirely up to me. It is very scary, but it is something that I wanted. I graduated in 2002, and in 2006 we started the practice. It has been one interesting journey. [Laughs]
What are the ups and downs of working in a practice with your spouse?
With James and I, sometimes the challenges are a difference of opinion and philosophy and how something should be done. We’ve agreed that we would focus on our strengths. Some things I’m not good at, like IT and technology. He understands that more than I do, so I don’t argue [Laughs]. I think we respect our limits and know what we’re good at and what we’re not, and allow the other person who has that strength to make the decision. That’s how we make it work.