I am a pediatric adherence specialist, and I treat children and adolescents who have asthma. My overarching goal is to help patients live their best life while having asthma.
I was inspired to pursue my career by the families that need to find simple ways to follow their physician’s recommendations. I understand how busy kids and families are, and how taking care of an illness can feel like something that gets in the way of real life.
I love spending time with my patients to understand the details of their family life and the ways that we can help them be healthier. Understanding the whole child, including their activities and quality of life, enables me to help their medical team provide the best care.
As a member of the of the multidisciplinary team for children with Difficult to Treat Asthma, I provide guidance on taking medication, evaluating how activities are involved in their asthma, and assessing for difficulties with mood, behavior and sleep.
In addition to helping patients, I do research. My colleagues and I develop and test digital interventions to help patients better manage their condition, such as telehealth, apps, text messaging and mobile devices to improve asthma management.
I’m proud to have completed the only National Institutes of Health-funded fellowship focused on improving adherence in children with chronic illnesses here at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and my research has been highlighted by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In my free time, I like to bake with my kids. We mostly bake cookies and snickerdoodles, which are my favorite!
Pediatric asthma; treatment adherence; adolescents
Treatment adherence; adolescents; pediatric asthma
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics