Get to Know Me
I am a native Floridian, having been born and raised in Orlando. I spent my undergraduate years at University of Florida, followed by medical school and residency at University of South Florida. I’ve spent nearly all of my career practicing pediatrics in Vero Beach. I love everything about the Florida outdoors — fishing, gardening and kayaking are just a few of the activities I enjoy.
Why I Treat Children
Chidren are not just little adults. I am continually surprised and fascinated by the different stages of development each child goes through to become an adult. It is an honor to partner with each family during this journey to adulthood. After more than 20 years in practice, I now have the privilege of seeing former patients become parents, which means I have the opportunity to influence a second generation. There are very few professions that can provide that satisfaction!
What I'm Passionate About
I am passionate about patient education. In this age of the internet and Google, it’s difficult for parents and patients to navigate through the vast amount of information at their fingertips. It is my job to make sure that they have accurate information so they can make their own health care decisions. I’m also passionate about my own education. Much of the advice I pass on to current patients, I learned from former patients. Finally, I support education of new doctors in my role as a professor for the Florida State University College of Medicine. I take an active role in training the next generation of physicians during their third year of medical school.
How I Try to Make A Difference
Makng a difference is what we all strive to do. Each of us contributes in different ways to our communities. I try to participate in community events and local fundraisers for charities, especially when it benefits a patient. Our staff consistently supports benefits for organizations such as the Epilepsy Foundation and the March of Dimes to name just a few.