As a pediatrician, I enjoy working in primary care. I especially like helping children with mental health issues, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression.
When I entered medical school, I wanted to be a psychiatrist. But from my first clinical exposure to a child with nephrotic syndrome, I was hooked on becoming a pediatrician. My decision to work with children and their families is the highlight of my life.
I believe in taking care of the whole child, and I started my private practice, The Whole Child Pediatrics, in 1998. After 22 years, on January 1, 2021, I became a part of Children's Health Services Network and now continue taking care of my patients at Cincinnati Children's Florence Primary Care. We are patient-centered, having been National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certified for many years, and we provide the same excellent care as a part of Cincinnati Children's.
I was honored to be one of the Northern Kentucky Women of the Year for 2020. This award highlights those of us in business who have contributed to the Northern Kentucky community.
As a woman with muscular dystrophy, I have faced many challenges and yet have succeeded. Although it is currently on hold, I have begun work on an app that will help people with physical challenges access travel, hotels, restaurants and more. I’m proud to be a Lebanese immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1960 and had the opportunity to become a physician. This accomplishment would not have been possible in Lebanon due to limited access for people with physical disabilities.
Volunteer Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics