I help children and adolescents manage sports-related injuries and conditions. As a sports medicine doctor, my specific interests are overuse injuries, concussion and female athlete issues.
To me, patient care is a partnership between our Cincinnati Children’s team, the patient and the family. I use my expertise and experience to identify the problem and offer options. I then work together with my patients and their family to meet their goals. I help my patients feel empowered by their experience with their illness or injury.
I love caring for athletes and their families. As a doctor and a parent, I understand the challenges families face and work with them to solve their sports medicine problems. Our practice stays on the cutting edge of sports medicine treatment for children and teens. This experience helps us provide incredibly thorough, patient-centered care. All of our services, from athletic training to return-to-play protocols, are specialized for young athletes.
In my research, I focus on concussion care and sports participation. My concussion studies center on creating measurements of concussion recovery that are easy to use and low cost. Other research centers on healthy sports participation and physical activity and understanding what influences children and teens to play sports and what causes them to drop out.
My love of medicine, together with helping people live well and care for themselves, inspired me to study pediatrics and internal medicine. I have always been fascinated with how the body moves. I am a life-long athlete in multiple sports, so sports medicine was a natural choice for me. It is a joy to help people move and play.
I feel honored to be the recipient of several awards and honors, including:
- Elected to the inaugural class of Fellows in the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in 2019. This fellow designation identifies sports medicine physicians who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning, the advancement of the profession, service to AMSSM and leadership in their communities.
- Received the Leonard P. Rome, MD, FAAP Award from the Ohio Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014. This award is in recognition of a member’s leadership and commitment, which leads to a project or program that furthers the mission of the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Named Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Team Physician of the Year in 2013.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy being outside. Our family loves to hike, especially in state or national parks. We are avid skiers and find adventure and a story wherever we go. A fun fact about me is that I was a collegiate golfer.