As a pediatric oncology hospitalist, I believe that God has called me to help care for the sick, wounded and weary. As a recipient of grace, I strive to show grace towards others. One of my favorite passages is Hosea 14:3b: "In You the orphan finds mercy." Although my patients are not usually orphans, my patients have a profound oncologic vulnerability and have just as much need for mercy. Through this stage of their lives, I have a front-row seat to some of the most amazing medical journeys God is writing.
During my residency training, I found that I loved high acuity medicine and the long-term relationships I had with my patients. In pediatric oncology, I found both. I gravitate toward complex patients—patients who need a high level of focused attention and medical organization. I want to be present through the toughest seasons of their lives and help them navigate difficult decisions.
As an inpatient physician, I do not book outpatient appointments. However, as a pediatric hospitalist, I help direct the care amongst the subspecialists, including the inpatient oncologist, oncology fellows and primary oncologist. I facilitate the mechanics of your child's chemotherapy admission. I am often the first person a patient reaches out to during admission in order to communicate with the medical team.
When I am not working, I love to kayak and hike outdoors with my black lab, Virginia. I spend many evenings under my car performing routine vehicle maintenance or working on a project around the house. I recently completed my debt-free journey by following Dave Ramsey's: 7 Baby-Steps. My favorite podcasts and authors are currently Matt Chandler and J.D. Greear.