My mother is a speech-language pathologist and my father is a dentist. Together they taught me to love science. I was fortunate to see their compassion for their patients first-hand. I admired their desire to serve as healthcare providers and their ability to use their knowledge and skills to improve others' lives. My mother inspired my interest in brain-behavior relationships that eventually led me to the field of neuropsychology.
As a pediatric neuropsychologist, I treat children and adolescents with a medical history or neurologic condition that puts them at risk for cognitive problems. With each patient and family, our relationship is a partnership and collaboration. Together, our goal is to set the child or adolescent up for success and the best possible outcome.
I chose to work with children because of the powerful opportunity to make a difference early in a child’s life. I can help improve a patient's long-term outcome by identifying, understanding, and describing a child’s cognitive risks, strengths and weaknesses.
In my practice, I view the family or caregiver as an expert on the child. They are irreplaceable partners in the evaluation process. My role is to create an experience where patients and their families feel at ease and engaged enough to tell and show me what they know. The objective test data I collect during the evaluation cannot be interpreted in a meaningful way without this context.
When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking and camping. I also love cooking, running and training my dogs.