As a general pediatrician at Children’s Health Service Network in Florence, Kentucky, I enjoy meeting families where they are and providing personalized and individualized care to patients and their families.
Watching children learn and grow is a true privilege and the best part of my job! I love taking their social history and talking with them about their school, interests and goals for the future. By learning as much as I can about the patient and family, I can ensure they feel supported in their care.
I knew I wanted to be a doctor by the age of five — just like my dad. I grew up in a small town in West Virginia and saw how much of a respected leader he was in the community. My mom is a nurse, so I have always felt inclined to serve my community.
Before medical school, I received a Master of Public Health from George Washington University focused on community-oriented primary care and improving population-level health through prevention. Pediatrics allows me to provide preventive care at each well-check appointment, from anticipatory guidance to vaccines. I enjoy kids’ honesty, resiliency and spirit, and I never walk out of a patient’s room without a smile on my face.
During medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine, I was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (academic honor society) and the Gold Humanism Honor Society (clinical care and leadership honor society). In addition, I was awarded the Rural Scholar of the Year Award (2015) and the American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Certificate for Academic Excellence (2016). In my residency at Cincinnati Children’s, I was awarded the 2019 Joseph L. Rauh Award for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine for my proficiency in adolescent care.
I enjoy all aspects of pediatric care, from newborn to adolescent. I’m a certified lactation consultant and like working with newborns and moms to achieve their breastfeeding goals. During residency, I was active in the global health pathway, traveling to the Dominican Republic and the Navajo Reservation to broaden my clinical experiences and learn how to advocate for vulnerable pediatric patients in under-resourced areas.
Another passion I have is quality improvement. I’ve completed the ImpactU Course through Cincinnati Children’s to learn more about quality improvement science and develop my quality improvement skills. In a previous job, I worked to improve HPV immunization rates among my adolescent patients.
I’m serving as Cincinnati Pediatric Society President, a local branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which seeks to maintain a sense of community among local pediatric healthcare providers focusing on education, networking and advocacy.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son. I love to dance and danced from age three until college at Wake Forest University. My favorite way to exercise is to take a barre class! As an avid reader, I love to promote literacy to all my patients at each visit. We can learn so much about ourselves through books. My favorite book is The Giver. I can’t wait to get back to traveling! My favorite way to travel is through food—I love to try local cuisine. One of my favorite places is Angkor Wat, Cambodia at sunrise.
MD: West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown, WV.
Residency: Categorical Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics 2019, Certified Lactation Consultant, 2021.
Pediatric primary care; adolescent medicine; breast feeding and lactation
Quality improvement science
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