She earned her medical degree from Georgetown University and then completed her general surgery residency at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego. After which she spent one year aboard the USS Acadia as the chief medical officer and served 10 years in the U.S. Navy.
After her military work, Dr. Carpenter was a clinical instructor and lecturer for the state-funded Breast Cancer Early Detection Program’s Proficiency in Breast Examination Course; a clinical advisor and consultant for clinical breast protocols for the cancer detection section of the California Department of Health Services; and a board member of the American Cancer Society Breast Health Initiative team.
What motivates your desire to give back?
I have been raised in a Catholic family and have truly enjoyed my work at Providence St. Joseph. I feel an attachment that I cannot explain and feel this is where my journey to giving back begins. My faith and my belief that the best healthcare that everyone can enjoy is here as well as the quality of our physicians and nurses drives my commitment.
Why are you supporting the medical center?
I have been at Providence St. Joseph for 19 years. I have seen the good work that our ministry provides the “Dear Neighbor.” I know this is where I am meant to be.
Why did you agree to join the foundation board?
I believe in the promises and the work that this foundation does. I would like to be an instrument of this wonderful work and do what I can to continue its commitment to the community.