What inspired you to enter medicine?
Early in my collegiate career I was given opportunities to work in a few different hospital settings. The mentor I had during that time really made a profound impact on me. He helped me see the way we, as medical providers, are more than someone who gives diagnoses or write prescriptions. Rather, we are hope givers and an integral piece of the wellness and recovery puzzle. I have always aspired to live up to the standard and extraordinarily high bar set by that experience.
What do you like most about your job?
The people: both my patients and my colleagues. The positive culture of striving for excellence in providing a patient-centric wellness experience is what drew me to this practice.
Do you have children? If so, how have they impacted your career?
My three children (Hawkins and twins Emmie & Foster) are my life and inspiration. I wouldn’t say that you can’t work in this field and not have kids but it sure does make a difference. It is important to be able to empathize and understand what parents are going through when their kiddos aren’t feeling well. More than anything, my kids inspire me to be my best self in every area of life. I want to set an example of excellence for them. I want them to always set high standards for themselves and work hard to achieve those goals.
What’s something about you that patients might not know?
When my son, Hawkins, was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus at 3 months old, our family sought support and education. We found there to be limited local involvement so my husband and I co-founded the first Greater DFW Hydrocephalus Walk with the Hydrocephalus Association. Since the first walk in 2013, we have raised more than $500,000 to support a cure and research for Hydrocephalus.