Q: What is your connection to our mission?
A: I have been a clinical pediatrician and hospitalist for over 20 years and have seen the importance of early and accurate diagnoses for children, especially when there are neurodevelopmental issues involved. Autism spectrum disorder is more prevalent. It is imperative to diagnose autism early so the necessary services can be implemented while the child’s brain is developing.
Q: Why do you love helping children?
A: Pediatrics has always fit me like a glove. I love the wide-eyed innocence and blatant honesty of a child. How utterly rewarding it is to treat children and to participate in their growth/development.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Reading, Bible study, playing clarinet, watching movies, cooking, container gardening, and decorating.
Q: What (or who) inspires you?
A: One of my residency preceptors said, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I think Teddy Roosevelt coined the phrase. This has always been my practice motto.
Q: Tell us about your family. Any children? What about pets?
A: I enjoy spending time with my husband of over 10 years. We love to play Scrabble and chess together. Though we do not have children, I have been blessed with thousands of patients over the years and I call them all “my kids.” We have not adopted any pets at this time.