I am a pediatric rehabilitation physician with specific interests in spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, functional neurologic disorders and spasticity management. I believe that each child and each family is unique and has their own strengths and challenges. I try to take that into account with every patient and family and develop a treatment plan that will truly be successful for them.
I have always enjoyed working with children. When I transitioned into medical school, I met a pediatric physiatrist and realized this was exactly the field for me. I wanted to help kids be as independent as possible while developing long-lasting relationships with them and their families.
In our multidisciplinary clinics, I see a wide range of patients with various neuromuscular conditions across their lifespan, including children with spina bifida. I’m also very involved with educating medical students, residents and fellows, so my patients often interact with them as well.
I received Cincinnati Children’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Teaching Award in 2017 from the residents and fellows. This award goes to the pediatric rehabilitation faculty physician for excellence in teaching. I also received the 2017 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Best Young Investigator Original Research Paper Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). This award is given to the young investigator who submits the top paper of the year.
My research mostly focuses on medical education topics. My colleagues and I try to develop innovative ways to keep learners engaged.
When I’m not at work, I have two young children who keep me very busy. In my free time, I like to do projects around the house, such as building or repairing things. I also really enjoy decorating cakes.
BS: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, 2005.
MD: University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, 2009.
MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2018.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
Certification: Pediatrics; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.
Inpatient rehabilitation teaching physician for the management of individuals with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, chronic pain, functional neurologic disorder, functional decline secondary to other neurologic, oncologic, or other medical conditions; outpatient management of spina bifida, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic brain injury, general rehabilitation concerns, spasticity management.
Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuromuscular Disorders, Spina Bifida Clinic
Medical education at the graduate and undergraduate training levels; neuromuscular conditions; care of children with spina bifida.
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Normal childhood development curriculum in a pediatric rehabilitation training program: An interactive, novel approach. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 2020; 13:57-62.
A Balanced Approach: Meeting the Needs of Medical Students and Faculty Educators in Pediatrics. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 215:4-6.
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