Originally from Canal Winchester, Ohio, Dr. Schurr confesses that she cannot imagine herself doing anything else and working with patients is one of the most rewarding aspects of her job.
“I enjoy building rapport with my patients and watching them take an interest and control of their own healthcare,” she said.
She served in the United States Air Force for four years with one overseas deployment to Afghanistan. She earned the Bronze Star, which is a distinguished award for meritorious service.
She regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. “It allows me to use my hands, have a rewarding finished product, and helps families get a new start without the insecurity of homelessness,” she said.
She looks forward to spending more time in Raleigh, and on the weekends, she enjoys doing things with her husband such as go-kart racing, going to the symphony or kicking around the soccer ball. Her hobbies include cooking, camping, soccer, basketball, gardening, being outside, going to the symphony and auto racing.
Dr. Schurr and her husband, Matthew, have three cats: Henle, Kips and Chordae.
She said one of the most influential books she’s ever read was The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman.
“It was eye opening to understand my own cultural biases and helped me open my mind to cultural/biosocial differences present in every person. This book helped me realize that if I wanted to make a difference in people’s health, I had to first understand where they were coming from and what was important to them,” she said.