I joined GHPA in July 2010 after spending 7 years in Memphis for my medical training. Even though I was born in St. Louis, Nashville has been “home” to my family for almost 25 years. I loved my time in Memphis, but it’s nice to be back!
What were you like as a child? (Any favorite activities or strong personality traits?)
I LOVED to read. My favorite book of all time is Anne of Green Gables. I also loved sports and was very active. I played softball and did gymnastics all through elementary and middle school. Being from St. Louis, I grew up loving the Cardinals and remain a devoted fan today. Ozzie Smith was my favorite player growing up. Nowadays, I think Yadier Molina is the best. Period.
What inspired you to become a pediatrician?
I started medical school never even thinking about being a pediatrician. I actually scheduled my pediatric rotation first just to “get it out of the way”! Little did I know that I would love every minute of it. All the specialties that followed never held a candle to my experience in pediatrics. And, well, the rest is history.
What do you enjoy most about being a pediatrician?
What important lessons have you learned since being a pediatrician?
There’s an old saying about “the art of Medicine”. There’s a lot of creativity in practicing medicine, and you can’t be afraid to think outside of the box. No two kids are exactly the same and their illnesses rarely “read the textbook”. I’ve learned to expect the unexpected and to treat the child, not the disease.
What is your top piece of advice for parents?
Be flexible! Many of us are planners, and, as you well know, kids have a time frame of their own, if they even have one at all! Often, the most fun and memorable moments are the spontaneous ones. That would be my top piece of advice for parents: to roll with it. Life is more fun if you don’t sweat the small stuff.
What is one fact that most people don’t know about you?
I still want to be an astronaut. No, seriously. Does anyone know anybody at NASA?
What additional information do you want people to know?
I would like for my patients to know that I really do have a great time at work. I love what I do, I love the people I work with, and I love my patients. The smile on my face is real. I feel very blessed.