I believe that when you take care of pediatric patients you also take care of their families. I really value the relationships I form with my patients and their families. I appreciate that they trust me with the person they love most in the world. I always care for each child as I would my own.
As an orthopedic physician assistant, I specialize in pediatric spinal conditions. I care for patients with spinal fracture, trauma and deformity. I’m highly skilled in diagnosing and treating early onset scoliosis. When appropriate, I use my extensive experience with the non-surgical spinal MAGnetic Expansion Control (MAGEC) rod lengthening system to manage my scoliosis patients.
I realized in college that I wanted a career where I felt like I was making a difference and helping people. I was grateful for the wonderful care I received as a spine patient at Cincinnati Children’s and wanted to pay it back.
Now I care for patients who are facing some of the same obstacles I faced. I love working with kids. Their energy and resilience inspire me, and their sense of humor is contagious.
My research focuses on several MAGEC rod studies. We are investigating the reliability and predictability of MAGEC rod lengthening, factors that may affect MAGEC rod lengthening, and the reliability of various imaging systems for evaluating MAGEC rod lengthening.
I am honored to be the co-author of papers nominated for awards in research. I was an invited speaker at the 2019 MAGEC Rod Users meeting. I successfully completed a Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative to reduce Social Security Insurance rates for spine patients.
In my free time, I love being outdoors and spending time with friends, family and my ornery rescue dog, Gunther.
Orthopaedic Surgery, Crawford Spine Center