Meet the Pediatrician: Tuscaloosa’s Dr. Faye Knowles

Tell us a bit about yourself.

“Some of my friends call me the ‘island girl.’ I was born in Antigua, lived in Saint Lucia as a teenager, and went to medical school in Grenada before moving to New York to start my clinical rotations. I’ve lived in Tuscaloosa for about five years now. My favorite outdoor place is the Riverwalk, and my favorite restaurant coincidentally is ‘The River,’ which is on the Riverwalk.  My husband and I have one fur baby, ‘Kitty,’ who is eight years old. I enjoy Crossfit and recently built up a garage gym in the past months of quarantine. I work out six times a week. I can deadlift just under 300 lbs., bench press about 160 lbs., and squat about 250 lbs.”

What led you to pursue a career as a pediatrician?

“I always thought I would be a doctor for as long as I can remember. Pediatrics was my first clinical core rotation as a medical student, and I loved it. I adore children and appreciate that most pediatric medicine is preventative medicine. I enjoy the counseling and reassurance aspect of pediatric medicine.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

 “I would say the most rewarding aspect is appreciative calls or responses from thankful parents in addition to just the happiness on children’s faces despite sometimes feeling sick. It is hard to be stressed or unhappy when you’re continually interacting with children.”

What is a typical day like for you at UC4C?

“I typically sleep in late and just laze around until it’s time to get ready for work. I stop at Northriver Nutrition for a protein shake/protein tea. Once I arrive at UC4C, I clock in, review documentation, catch up on calls to be made, and see patients.

In between patients I: 

1) Do some squats or exercise band work

2) Practice sutures in my suture kit

3) Listen to music or meditation

4) Do some pediatric practice questions

After work, I usually exercise in my gym at home. Yes, sometimes this is at midnight or later.”

What is one piece of advice you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

“I wouldn’t give my younger self any advice because any mistakes made led to lessons learned, which is an important part of this thing we call life.”  🙂