As a pediatric gynecologist, I focus on the surgical management of female genital anomalies and gynecologic care for patients with Turner syndrome. I also care for adolescents with menstrual disorders and work to preserve fertility for pediatric and adolescent patients.
My interest in obstetrics and gynecology began with my mother, who is a nurse midwife. She cared for an ethnically diverse population of uninsured and underinsured women in California. Her work influenced my decision to study global maternal and child health during my undergraduate education. This experience increased my expertise as I conducted global health research on gender-based violence while earning a master’s degree in public health.
The opportunity to educate patients and families and build a foundation of health that will empower them throughout their lives inspired me to pursue pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
The team approach to care, which is a hallmark of Cincinnati Children's, is a critical part of my practice. I enjoy working with families to address their needs. My public health education and volunteer work as a Spanish interpreter taught me the importance of treating my patients within their communities. I believe that good communication is the basis for effective care.
I presented my research on fertility preservation at the 2019 North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Annual Clinic and Research Meeting. I was a chief administrative resident during my final year of residency and received several fellowships to conduct my public health research abroad.
Fertility preservation for pediatric and adolescent females is a growing field. In my research, I’m looking at further opportunities for patients with oncologic diagnoses and expanding possibilities for patients beyond the realm of onco-fertility. This includes not only studying technique and outcomes, but also effective communication and patient satisfaction.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and traveling with my husband, building pillow forts with my toddler, and hiking with my dog.
Female genital anomalies; fertility preservation; Turner syndrome
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology