I work as a pediatric nurse practitioner in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and neurogastroenterology. I’ve wanted to work with children since my volunteer days at a local hospital when I was in middle school. My first job as a nurse practitioner was in gastroenterology, and I haven't looked back.
I specialize in children with special needs, such as autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and developmental delays. I also have a strong focus on kids with constipation and functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. I have been a pediatric GI nurse practitioner for almost 20 years, and I’m a member of the Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses (APGNN).
I feel I have an extensive knowledge base and am an expert in my field, especially with children and adolescents who have constipation. Working with some amazing gastroenterologists has helped me gain the knowledge and experience to be who I am today.
My approach to care is family-centered, which means I want to understand what will work best for the family and child. I can make suggestions, but if it is not feasible for their family dynamic, then there is a chance it won't be successful.
I love working with kids and families, and I believe our team approach is very effective. As adults, we are more willing to make changes for our kids than for ourselves, which makes pediatrics satisfying for me. I love to see the smiles on the kids’ and parents’ faces when they are doing better, along with the relief that the family feels. It’s the “aha” moment when families understand what is going on with their child that is rewarding.
Most of my free time is spent with my husband and two kids, who are active in cheerleading and lacrosse. Although, Nora, my Jack Russell terrier, is the true center of our family. I also love reading books and binge-watching Netflix.