Why did you decide to become a physician?
For as long as I can remember, I have loved taking care of children. When I was growing up I worked at a children’s nursery, babysat, and volunteered with multiple organizations involving kids. Early on in my education I developed a strong interest in medicine, so a career as a physician seemed the natural choice. My decision to become a pediatrician was the perfect way to fuse my passion for children with my interest in medicine!
What are your clinical areas of interest?
I am passionate about both newborn medicine and preventative care. It is such a privilege to be able to meet and help guide new parents on the incredible journey that is parenthood!
What is your philosophy of patient care?
My goal is to advocate for the health and well-being of my patients and to involve the family as much as possible in the process. No one knows more about a child than their caregiver, so their voice should be heard! I want my patients and family members to feel comfortable enough to ask questions, to voice concerns, and to provide input. And when appropriate, I want to have fun. I like to smile but even more so, I like to make my patients and families smile.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
I spend most of my free time with my family. I also enjoy reading, hiking, and DIY projects.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
Writing my first prescription as a physician was a pretty big moment. I wrote mine on my second day of residency. My attending doctor took a picture of me holding it up proudly and it was handed to the nurse to call into the pharmacy. A few minutes later, that same nurse came up to me and said, “I have never had a pharmacist raise his voice during a phone call before!” I became immediately worried that I had written something wrong. It turns out, however, that as soon as she said that I was the prescribing physician, the pharmacist excitedly yelled, “That’s my sister!” My brother is a retail pharmacist, and it just so happens he took that phone call and filled my very first prescription that I wrote as a doctor!