RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Celebrating passing my boards to become a licensed physical therapy assistant! Also, because I was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 20 and I am devoted to spreading awareness of the disease and helping other women cope with the physical and mental devastation that it causes, I’m helping plan the Endometriosis Foundation of Rhode Island’s first-ever “Endo March,” scheduled to be held at Johnston Memorial Park on May 4. (For information on how to walk or donate, visit www.endofoundationofri.com)
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Born in Bethesda, Md., because my dad was in the Army. My family lived in a few different places but I grew up mostly in Westerly.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Having a relaxing movie night with my husband.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT I have two: my first was graduating from The University of Rhode Island with a degree in psychology; the second was graduating from the physical therapist assistant program at the New England Institute of Technology.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a pioneer in women’s health. My main reason for going back to school to study physical therapy was to help women with endometriosis and other women’s health issues. I also want to be remembered as a caring wife, accomplished daughter, supportive sister, and loving aunt.
ON MY BUCKET LIST Travel around the United States to see all of our historical sites and the natural beauty of our country.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Lipgloss.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP A veterinarian. I love animals.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My parents, Jon and Patti Solis. They expected me to do well in school, to be respectful and to help others as much as I could. They worked hard and still do, and instilled in me the fact that family is the most important thing in the world. Now, my husband is the most influential person in my life. He supports me in everything I do, is loving and caring and means the world to me.
FAVORITE AUTHOR Nicholas Sparks.
LAST BOOK READ “Big Girl,” by Danielle Steel.
FAVORITE SONG “Billy Jean,” by Michael Jackson.
FAVORITE MOVIE “Bridesmaids.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW “Walking Dead.”
FAVORITE PET My cat, Luna, and my guinea pig, Bella.
FAVORITE MEAL Chicken Alfredo pasta.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK I check occasionally throughout the day.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Sincerity.
PET PEEVE When someone spits in front of me. Gross.
FAVORITE QUOTATION “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” — Billy Graham.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The ocean. Nothing beats the smell of salt, wind-blown hair, and the sound of waves crashing.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My husband.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I’m terrified of heights.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED My dad once said to me, “Stay calm. This may change your life.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Everything happens for a reason.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Make sure there were no hungry children or abused animals, also make sure that all people would be treated equally despite their race, gender, or sexual orientation.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Pay off all my bills.
I DRIVE A 2008 black Honda Accord Coupe.
I WISH I DROVE A 2014 Audi A5.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Fruits and vegetables.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Padma Lakshmi because she has endometriosis and founded The Endometriosis Foundation of America. I admire her and her strength. She works hard to raise awareness and travels to different schools to teach young women about the disease.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro