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St. George’s University School of Medicine

University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga

Board certification
American Board of Pediatrics

Why did you choose to practice pediatrics?
I always knew I wanted to be a pediatrician! I never even considered anything else, because pediatrics felt like the right choice for me.

What is most rewarding about your work?
I meet many families who have never had their child’s situation fully explained to them. When I am able to sit with families and talk through everything with them, I get to see the moment in their eyes when they finally understand. I find these moments to be deeply fulfilling.

When working with your patients and their families, what is your approach?
My biggest goal as a care provider is to make sure families feel heard and supported, and also to ensure they go home with the knowledge to confidently care for their child through their current situation. To accomplish this I try to always offer as much time as a family needs, ask thoughtful questions, and always provide reassurance that no question or fear that they may have is “stupid” or unreasonable.

How do you stay healthy and happy?
I try to maintain a multitude of interests and activities outside of work to allow me to fully recover my mind and take care of my body. I participate in triathlons, and find outdoor cycling to be one of the most freeing and cleansing activities. I enjoy indoor rock climbing, and am currently working on preparing to start climbing outdoors with a goal of climbing some “big walls” in the next few years. I also love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping, and traveling when I am able. I recently went to Banff and Jasper national parks, which was one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, and plan to visit all of the US National Parks in the future. Finally I find that quality time at home with my family provides me the perfect recharge.

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