When I was 4 years old, my mother suggested I consider becoming a doctor. She planted the thought, and as I grew, I knew I wanted to be a pediatrician so I could detect birth issues in patients early enough to help them. I was born with a congenital issue, so I knew from a young age the limitations of physical challenges.
My special interests are in human genetics and joint hypermobility syndrome. I work with primary care providers to support their care of patients with joint hypermobility. I work part-time clinically and part-time administratively to serve at both the individual patient level and the population level.
After 18 years in private practice, I returned to Cincinnati Children’s, the place of my training, to work as a clinician and in administrative roles. My work in the Hypermobility Clinic, formerly the Connective Tissue Clinic, is very dear to me. I devote my clinical time to others who have also been physically challenged since childhood.
My care philosophy is sharing the best evidence and guidance along each patient’s journey. I help them understand their path so they can live their best life. I’m blessed with a daughter who is also pursuing medicine as a career. She has never been satisfied with simple answers and has been my best teacher in communicating with patients.
After serving as president of the medical staff for two terms, I won the medical staff's Unsung Hero Award. I was a medical director for Cincinnati Children’s Health Network when, as a team, we won the HealthCare Heroes Award. That award meant much to each of us on the team as we worked hard to serve children in the eight southwest counties of Ohio.
When I’m not at work, I like to spend time in nature. I have a houseful of furry friends, including three dogs and three cats. I am also a musician and enjoy singing and listening to classical music. I love teaching students, and I find that their probing questions inspire me to keep learning.
Human genetics; Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Connective Tissue Disorders