1. Why did you pursue medicine?Even from an early age, I have always felt drawn to the medical profession. Being a physician allows me to use my talents in the service of others.
2. What made you choose pediatrics?I did not start out my medical training with any particular interest in pediatrics, however, during my clinical rotation at Batson Children’s Hospital, I quickly discovered that pediatrics was my true calling. The children always had the same goal – to get better quickly so that they could get back to playing. It was such a refreshing change from taking care of adult patients in the hospital. When people ask me how I can take care of kids, I always respond that the kids are easy, it’s the old folks that I find challenging.
3. What do you love most about your job?As a pediatrician in a small community, I have really enjoyed getting to know the families. Many times my initial encounter with a family starts at the two-week visit. Those first few months of life can often times be challenging. Helping families through that time develops a bond between us that lasts for years. Other times, I meet a new family that has moved to the area and needs help establishing a medical home for their children. I strive to welcome them and make them feel comfortable with entrusting me with their children’s medical care.
4. What would you tell a younger girl who wants to be a doctor?I would encourage anyone who has an interest in medicine to seek out a mentor. Often times, someone’s perception of medicine may not be reality. The mentor can serve as a guide as well as offer advice. Most importantly, always remember that hard work and perseverance will pay off in the end.