Why did you decide to become a physician?
From the beginning, I knew I wanted to teach. When I was in college, I suffered an accident that required surgery. The doctor who performed the surgery knew of my interest in science. I had a local anesthetic for my surgery and he walked me through the steps of the repair as I watched the reflection in his glasses. At that moment, I was inspired by his teaching and his excellent care that I decided upon medicine as a career. I always have enjoyed working with children. The choice of pediatrics was easy!
What are your clinical areas of interest?
Nutrition, growth and development.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
I believe in a team approach to the care of the child. I think it is important to listen to the patient, the parents as well as my health care team in deciding the best care for my patients.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
I enjoy reading books with my book club, riding bikes, walking my dog and laughing with my children and husband. I am active with my church and helping to teach Sunday School. When I have the time, I really enjoy cooking as well.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
I am a good supportive friend and a good listener.