As a young teenager, my love for science and the possibility of positively impacting people's health spurred my interest in medicine. I've always enjoyed being around children because of their enthusiasm, sincerity and resilience. I received a lot of support and encouragement from my parents, who are both educators, and a beloved uncle who is a physician.
After finishing my pediatric residency training at Cincinnati Children’s, I practiced general pediatrics for 10 years before returning to complete a fellowship. My long-standing interest in child development and behavior was reinforced while practicing primary care and made the specialty of developmental-behavioral pediatrics a natural choice for me.
As a developmental pediatrician, I have expertise in the evaluation of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. I approach every patient and family with respect and sensitivity. I believe in shared decision-making with families to ensure they are actively engaged in the treatment planning and care choices for their child.
In addition to practicing medicine, I participate as a Maternal Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) faculty member involved in interdisciplinary training of graduate students.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy reading and spending time with my husband and two children.
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Autism
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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Striving for Structure and Stability in Cincinnati's Family Homeless Shelters: A Community-Based Participatory Research Approach. Family and Community Health. 2021; 44:282-291.
Effectiveness of Interdisciplinary Leadership Training for Early Career Professionals in the Field of Developmental Disabilities. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2021; 25:1036-1042.
Improving Access to Diagnostic Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder Using an Arena Model. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2019; 40:406.
Improving Access to Diagnostic Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder Using an Arena Model. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 2019; 40:161-169.