I am a pediatrician who is board certified in both pediatrics and obesity medicine. My goal is to provide my patients with the best possible care in a compassionate manner.
I was determined to be a doctor as early as kindergarten. I loved science, learning and caring for others. I thought my pediatrician had the best job in the world, since he was able to use science to help people. My interest grew with my experiences, and while doing genetic research in college, my focus was on applying research to make a difference in people's lives.
During medical school, I discovered the joy children can bring even when they are ill. I absolutely fell in love with pediatrics. I am honored to work with patients and their families every day and I feel privileged to share important connections with families — often during times of stress. I cannot imagine a better job than using my knowledge, skill and experience to improve the health of a child.
I worked in Cincinnati Children’s Emergency Department for 13 years, where I strived to give every patient the attention and concern that I would give to a member of my own family. I now work with children who are trying to achieve a healthy weight through lifestyle change. My goal is to help make this process positive for my patients by setting realistic goals and celebrating every success. We are all at different points on the journey to live our healthiest life. I want to meet my patients where they are and support them along the way. I care about the complete child, from their physical needs to their emotional well-being.
I see patients at HealthWorks!, which is part of The Center for Better Health and Nutrition and the Heart Institute. It is a family-centered weight-management program for children and adolescents. We work with exercise physiologists and dietitians to provide the best knowledge and services to our patients. Our program is constantly evolving to ensure state-of-the-art care for each child we see.
My research focuses on improving care for pediatric patients with obesity and treating the comorbidities associated with obesity. This supports my passion for patient care.
In my spare time, I love exploring nature with my family. Hiking and appreciating the beauty all around us rejuvenates my soul. I am also passionate about running, and I have run 17 marathons and ultramarathons. My favorite running memories include running my daughter's first half marathon and marathon together, running my son's first trail 5K with him, conquering my first marathon with my husband, and crossing the Boston Marathon finish line with my sister cheering me on.
BPhil: Interdisciplinary Studies, Focus in Genetics, Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1995.
MD: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland,1999.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2004; Obesity Medicine, 2018.
Pediatric obesity medicine
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