I went into medicine to become a pediatrician. Before starting medical school, I knew that I wanted to help take care of children with disabilities, but I didn't know the name of this specialty. During medical school, I was introduced to pediatric rehabilitation medicine and realized that was what I wanted to do — work together with a team of professionals to improve the quality of life, function and comfort of children.
My interest in pain medicine started in residency as I recognized the role that multidisciplinary, function-focused care could have in improving the lives of children with chronic pain.
As a pediatric rehabilitation specialist, I help children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, spasticity and intrathecal baclofen pumps. I also do electromyography and electrodiagnostic studies. In my pediatric pain medicine practice, I help children and adolescents who have chronic pain, pain-associated disability and chronic pain from sickle cell disease.
I practice in two distinct specialties and often see patients in specialized clinics. Though I see children and adolescents with disabling medical conditions in multiple clinics, the Pain Management Clinic is the best place to see me for chronic pain. While the waitlist is longer for this clinic, it’s the best place to have a comprehensive evaluation and receive optimal, multidisciplinary treatment recommendations for chronic pain.
My philosophy for patient care is to improve quality of life and help patients achieve their functional goals. I also strongly believe in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary care. Each patient is different, and each has unique abilities. My goal is to understand where a patient is, where they want to be in the future and how I can help them get there. Then, I work with our whole team — including therapists, psychologists, nurses, other physicians, the patient and their family members — to achieve their goals.
My research interest is to better understand pain-associated functional disability in children, including what factors contribute to disability and what types of treatments improve function and quality of life for children with chronic pain. In addition to pain-associated disability in general, I’m also interested in chronic pain in the settings of cerebral palsy and sickle cell disease.
In my free time, I like to cook and to try new restaurants and new cuisines. I also like to ride my bike around Cincinnati, including sometimes riding to work. I’m a big college basketball fan (my favorite team is my alma mater — Duke University). I have a French bulldog and a cat. My husband is a music historian who specializes in Disney music — so even though I work with children every day, he knows much more than I do about all of the classic Disney movies.