As a neurologist and epileptologist, I treat children and adolescents with epilepsy, including medically refractory epilepsy and genetic epilepsy. I believe it’s important for the patient, their family and I to work together as a team. Families know their child best, so their input into creating the best plan of care is extremely valuable. I want us to work together to achieve the best outcomes and best quality of life possible for children with epilepsy.
I have always been fascinated by the brain and neuroscience. As an undergraduate, I worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist with children with autism. Then I spent a summer in medical school working in a clinic at a residential facility in New York for people with many different neurodevelopment disabilities.
These experiences expanded my interest in neuroscience and pushed me to pursue pediatric neurology. During my residency, I became interested in epilepsy because of the wide variety of seizure semiologies and epilepsy syndromes. I have been driven by my desire to improve the quality of life for patients with epilepsy, and I’ll always keep working to improve your child's quality of life.
While I am new to Cincinnati Children’s and have not started on specific research projects yet, I’m particularly interested in genetic epilepsies, including the natural history and prognosis, as well as treatments and interventions.
When I’m not working, I enjoy exercising and have taken time during the pandemic to try to become a runner for the first time in my life. I also love spending time with my family outdoors, hiking and riding bikes. My husband and I like to experiment in the kitchen trying new recipes and cooking techniques.
Medically refractory epilepsy; genetic epilepsies; ketogenic diet
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics