Med School/Year Graduated: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2004
Years in Practice: 13
What do you most love about working with children?
Even on my toughest days, my patients make me smile. I’m treated to silly jokes, high fives and hugs every single day. I have patients that think I am BFFs with Doc McStuffins and that I once played for the Cubs – one of my exam rooms is decked out in everything Cubs. It’s hard to beat that!
So you’re a Cubs fan, eh? Kris Bryant: Keep him or trade him?
Well, I just bought our spring training tickets, so I sure hope we are keeping him!
What are some of the most common issues the modern American child faces?
Kids, and their parents, for that matter, have so much more to worry about now than when I was a kid. Social media and cyberbullying have become huge issues. I work hard to gain the trust of my kiddos early on so that they will hopefully view my office as a safe place where they can feel comfortable asking for guidance or help.
Are there any trends – good or bad – you’re seeing among your patients?
I am certainly seeing more behavioral health issues now than when I first started out in practice. I think this is the result of more people realizing the bene-fits of addressing behavioral health concerns early.
Tell us about your work with the Greater Phoenix Pediatric Society.
I was honored to be a part of a small group of pediatricians asked to help reestablish a pediatric society here in Phoenix. Ten years later and it is still an amazing forum for the local pediatric community to get together to support and learn from each other.
You and your husband love to travel. What are the top three trips you’ve taken?
We have taken the best family trips, so this is a hard one. Australia’s landscape and wildlife were amazing. We fell in love with Japan and its amazing culture, and our kids are now sushi fanatics. We made some priceless memories on a Mediterranean cruise with my extended family. We love a good adventure!
What are you watching on Netflix these days?
I just finished The Crown and am now obsessed with all things royal.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”
Really sad! I’ve never wanted to be anything but a physician. If this career path hadn’t worked out, I’d likely be a college professor or an engineer.