I am a physician assistant specializing in pediatric orthopaedics. I care for children, adolescents and young adults who have fractures and sports injuries, such as overuse syndromes, ACL tears, meniscal tears, patella dislocations and other knee injuries. I also participate in postoperative care for patients with these injuries that require surgical intervention.
From a young age, I was interested in health and preventive medicine. At first, I began my career in pre-pharmacy. However, I realized that I wanted to be more involved with patient care, and I chose to be a physician assistant. I work with children because I have always been fascinated by their growth and development, both cognitively and physically.
I know and understand how important sports and activity are to our patients. My goal is to get patients back to their sports as quickly and safely as possible while practicing evidence-based medicine.
I’ve been at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in pediatric orthopaedics since 2007 and have worked closely with Dr. Eric Wall and his nurses for most of that time. I refer patients who need surgical intervention to Dr. Wall and assist in surgery. Then, I see most of his patients at their first postoperative visit to make sure there are no signs of infection, blood clots or increased stiffness. I make sure the postoperative protocol is clear to the patients and their families.
I was proud to receive Cincinnati Children’s Highest Orthopaedic Patient Experience (HOPE) award in 2016.
When I have free time, I enjoy being outside with my husband and daughter. I also enjoy playing sand volleyball when I have the opportunity. I love embracing my Italian heritage by cooking Italian food and participating in Italian traditions, especially around the holidays.
Clinical; fractures; sports-related injuries; osteochondritis dissecans; sports/trauma postoperative management