As a pediatric endocrinologist, I focus my care on children and adolescents with thyroid disease, growth problems and disorders of puberty. I also treat girls with Turner syndrome, and I practice general pediatric endocrinology as well.
Children are funny, smart and resilient, and I always knew I wanted to work with them. I love interacting with their families. Pediatric endocrinology lets me see many different types of patients, and since there are treatments for many of the diseases we treat, I see children return to health.
I practice patient-centered care and education. I put myself in the shoes of the family and child and listen carefully to everything they say. I work very hard to make sure the family and patient understand my thought process for the treatment plan I am recommending.
I’ve been taking care of girls with Turner syndrome for more than 10 years. In collaboration with families, I focus on the specific things that affect their child’s life the most, while making sure we cover all of the screening and treatment needs. In my research, we are trying to learn why patients with Turner syndrome are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
In my free time, I have three wonderful children who keep me busy and happy. I love to exercise, specifically weight-lifting. I also enjoy good food and drink — especially coffee!
Turner syndrome; general pediatric endocrinology; growth; puberty; hypopituitarism
Cardiovascular disease in Turner syndrome
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics