As a neonatologist, I focus on each patient and the family unit individually. What is best for one patient or family may not be best for another. It is essential to engage in conversations with the families to ensure I provide best-guided care for their child. I also have a special interest in skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, breastfeeding, and the mother-infant dyad – which is the birthing parent caring for the baby in the immediate hours after birth.
As far back as I remember, I have wanted to be a physician. My mother saved a project from my first-grade class that said, "When I grow up, I want to be a doctor." I remember being in awe whenever I went to the doctor’s office as a child. The stethoscope, reflex hammer and tongue depressor had me intrigued.
I have two children of my own, and I adore being a mother. We like to travel, cook dinners together and snuggle on the couch for movie night. My children are my world, and I try to treat every patient as though they were my own.
MD: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH.
Pediatric Residency: Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oaklawn, IL.
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.