I am a child neurology resident at Cincinnati Children’s, and interacting with the children is often the highlight of my day. I love kids’ honesty and enthusiasm, the way they think and their excitement at the simplest of things.
When I was thirteen years old, I became fascinated with the brain. So much was known about how the rest of our body works — the heart, muscles and bones — but relatively little was known about the brain. How is everything we feel, think, see and hear created by tiny molecules being released by one cell and taken up by the next? I was fascinated and eager to learn more.
I knew my career should blend my two passions: studying neuroscience and working with children. Unfortunately, first-grade neuroscience teachers are not exactly in high demand. Luckily, my interests coalesce perfectly into a career as a pediatric neurologist.
One of the most common responses I receive when I share my career choice is some variation of “child neurology is too sad.” Child neurology can be sad and sometimes children with neurologic impairment may never experience life like average children. However, most of these children still experience joy, achieve goals, smile and laugh. I am honored to be alongside them, both to work through difficulties and to celebrate accomplishments. Best of all, I have the opportunity to get to know many courageous children and mitigate some of the barriers they face.
In my free time, I love going to national parks and interior design. These interests might sound unrelated, but to me, they’re intertwined. I enjoy being surrounded by awe-inspiring spaces. I don't think this should be limited to vacations, but instead, should be something to experience in everyday life! I especially like antique shopping. Some of my favorite things to search for are beautiful old rugs, oil paintings and wooden furniture.
Ohio may not be known for hiking, but we have many beautiful spots within driving distance, such as Red River Gorge and the Great Smoky Mountains. We also have stunning parks around every corner.
I also love spending time with my co-residents and significant other, taking my pup Roland to the dog park, and of course watching my favorite 20-minute comedy shows!