I recall wanting to be a pediatrician since early in my childhood — likely inspired by my own primary care doctor. Ultimately, I chose pediatric emergency medicine as a career because I liked meeting and learning about families in an environment that changed from day to day. I also liked making meaningful connections in times of family stress.
As a pediatric emergency physician, I try to ensure a patient- and family-centered approach while I'm delivering evidence-based care. Oftentimes, this means making certain the "whys" are answered through clear communication to avoid misunderstandings. I make sure my patients and families know that it is always okay to ask questions to ensure they understand their child's care plan.
My research focuses on improving the quality of care we deliver in multiple areas of pediatric emergency care. I’m also looking at the patient-family experience and how to move patients safely and efficiently through their emergency care.
I love to spend my free time running, playing softball and volleyball, and taking my dog Ursa on long walks — provided she doesn't protest due to the high heat.