[vc_row][vc_column el_class=”blog-body”][vc_column_text]Do you have children? If so, how have they impacted your career?
I have two children: a daughter who is 24 and starting her second year of Medical School and a son, 25, who is interested in music. They were my first teachers in Pediatrics. I was fortunate to stay home with them for several years before returning to medical school. I was able experience their attainment of developmental milestones personally and up close. I was also very fortunate to have the opportunity to practice one of my passions with them daily: reading books and fostering language development.
What is a typical day at your office like?
A typical day at my office starts with a morning meeting with my nurse, Candy. We review the day’s schedule, review pertinent labs, x-rays, school forms and plan for each patient scheduled to come see. Being prepared helps me enjoy the time I have with each patient. During the day I see patients for well checks, acute/sick visits, ADD/ADHD and Depression visits. I find the behavioral health visits quite enjoyable and fulfilling.
What Challenges do you see for the future of medicine?
The challenge I foresee in the future of medicine is maintaining the relationships we build with families in spite of external policy, insurance and financial constraints. Encouragingly, medicine is shifting more towards emphasizing the value we provide to our families. Pediatricians have long been committed to serving our patients as we assess and monitor for growth, development and wellness. It is gratifying to have our efforts acknowledged as being valuable to society.
What’s something about you that patients might not know?
I love to cook! I am always on the lookout for new recipes, unusual ingredients and cooking groups. Feel free to bring a recipe next time you see me in the office!