I was inspired to go into medicine when I was a graduate student in a basic science lab and realized that I wanted to have a more direct patient care role. Before medical school, I was drawn to pediatrics after I spent a year in AmeriCorps teaching high school students. I loved interacting with and helping young people, and I knew being a pediatrician would be incredibly fun and fulfilling work.
As a pediatric hospitalist, my job is to provide exceptional care and be an educator for patients and their families. Pediatric hospitalists value family input and questions. Parents know their children best, so we always want to listen to their observations and concerns. Because parents will be their children’s care providers after they leave the hospital, it’s important to us that they feel comfortable with their child’s care and have all of their questions answered. I love teaching and know that better-informed patients and families lead to better care.
In my research, I am involved in two projects. The first focuses on maintaining quality communication between inpatient providers and outpatient pediatricians. Ensuring good communication between these groups is vital for effective care both in the hospital and after a patient is discharged. I am also working on a master’s in medical education and focusing my graduate work on improving the development of resident physician autonomy.
In my spare time, I love being outside and being active. Being raised on an ostrich farm in rural Missouri explains my love of the outdoors. I enjoy distance running and CrossFit, and I’m also a nerd who loves a good trivia or game night.
Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics