Get to Know Me
I grew up and was educated in Florida, and later my husband and I chose Winter Haven to raise our three children. Before that, I did my pediatric training with the U.S. Army, including four years as an army pediatrician at Fort Stewart, Ga. Music is a big part of my life. I play the piano, and my children all play musical instruments.
Why I Treat Children
I became interested in medicine at an early age. My interest in primary care medicine began in medical school. I focused on pediatrics because it’s interesting to treat a variety of ages and illnesses. I particularly enjoy watching children grow from infants to school age — and developing relationships with their families.
What I'm Passionate About
I’m passionate about being a good listener and a good clinician. I strive for clear communication and take the time to search for clues to a tricky diagnosis. I care about the whole child, including their growth and development, nutrition, education and extracurricular activities.
How I Try to Make A Difference
Winter Haven is still a small town. I try to be an active participant in our community. My family is very involved in our church. I volunteer at school functions, train nursing students, participate in hospital committees and attend as many school plays and concerts as possible. When my children’s orchestral groups give concerts, I am in the audience. When soloists need an accompanist, I’m there at the piano. I want my patients to see me as a regular person, not just their doctor.