My love for medicine began in high school when I volunteered as a candy striper at a local hospital. I have always had a connection with children. I also volunteered for a special needs childcare agency providing basic care and physical therapy.
I began my career as a medical assistant in a community pediatric practice. It was there that I met my mentor, and my passion for pediatric medicine was ignited. I worked under my mentor for close to 10 years before starting at Cincinnati Children’s. I hoped to one day be a provider offering top-quality medical management and having strong relationships to those I served.
My interest in the special needs population was further fueled by my time as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We are able to support the viability of extremely low birth weight and short gestational-age infants, which has led to an increase in the number of medically complex pediatric patients.
As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I work in the Transitional Care Center in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. I care for infants through adults who range from general needs to those needing acute care and are technology dependent. There is a need for providers with expertise in this area. I pride myself in providing expert care to my patients and families and seamlessly transitioning them to home for the first time.
I am the frontline provider of our medical team. We are present around the clock to provide daily and emergency care. We also teach families about their child’s condition to prepare them to care independently for their medically fragile child at home.
I am a strong believer in family-centered care and a holistic approach for each patient and family. Our care goal is to provide a minimal amount of medical support to achieve adequate growth and development in the child.
When I’m not caring for patients, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. I’m an avid soccer fan, and we have had season tickets for FC Cincinnati soccer since their second season in the United Soccer League. We sometimes follow them from city to city for their away games!