I gravitated to teens and young adults during my residency training program in both pediatrics and internal medicine. I encountered HIV medicine several times in my training, and then I was asked to care for patients living with HIV when another provider moved out of Cincinnati.
As an adolescent medicine and HIV specialist, I listen to the patients and their parents first. I make it clear that we will figure out a plan together that works for them and gives them some hope in whatever they are facing.
We treat patients from the age of 0 to 24 years in our Family Care Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Infection. We also provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for patients to prevent HIV infection. We can help patients without health insurance find ways to get covered for these services. We encourage people to schedule an appointment with us, even if they don't have health insurance.
I have lectured often about the clinical and transitional care of children and adolescents infected with HIV. I received the 2015 Senior Educator Award from the Department of Pediatrics for teaching medical students.
I am involved in research regarding patient and provider opinions about HIV infection. I am also researching how medical students learn about pediatrics and the use of instructional tools, such as simulation and feedback.
In my free time, I like to play tennis and run half-marathons. I also enjoy indie-rock music, the arts, and spending time with my family and my pets.