As a parent, I have always marveled at the innate curiosity that drives a child's development and have been humbly trained in the demand and devotion needed to sustain and nourish that growth. As physicians, we inherit this distinct privilege to provide care, and with families, harness a child’s drive and resiliency to develop, grow and flourish.
I am a resident in the Child Neurology and Pediatrics Combined Program at Cincinnati Children’s. A career in medicine came unexpectedly to me, with my studies initially in literature and the humanities, but I had the good fortune of working with a former president of my seminary who had Parkinson's disease and needed someone to help him write his memoirs.
My work with him expanded into becoming his daily caregiver, which provided the difficult challenge of keeping up with his unceasing drive to remain productive and continue working. I also safely spurred him on during the ever-increasing constraints and pauses Parkinson's would impose on his routine. Such work instilled a duty that shifted my studies toward the pursuit of medicine, specifically neurology, to learn how the nervous system can falter and how best to restore patients to their good health.
Outside of the hospital, I’ve gotten to explore the county and state parks and earthworks in the tri-state area with my family. I was raised in the southern Appalachians and have always been fond of the outdoors. I also enjoy picking tunes on a few stringed instruments. It's good to be living a river's breadth away from the Bluegrass state.