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Like so many of you, a teacher was there at a crucial time in my life and made the difference in my career path. My seventh grade biology teacher suggested I consider a career in medicine. Growing up in rural Alabama, I really only saw the one general practitioner that did almost everything needed for our town of 1,200 people. Once I began to think about medicine, I knew it was the right path for me. While a third year medical student at the University of Alabama – Birmingham, I met another teacher, a female internist, and realized I had met my role model. I began teaching other students and residents while in training at the University of Tennessee - Memphis and later at Johns Hopkins University.My career in internal medicine was always in an academic center until I moved to Atlanta. I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2003, and enjoy caring for adult patients and incorporating my teaching background in my practice.I live in McDonough with my husband and three children.
I practice general internal medicine as part of a collaborative team of over ten internal medicine physicians. Our approach is to be here when you need help. My passion is management of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and asthma.I have a special interest in epilepsy since my daughter has this condition. I have been on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia since 2000 and on their professional advisory board since 2004. Helping patients learn to live with and control their chronic conditions is the most important work I do and is work that I find very rewarding. I also work as a lead physician on the medical team by solving problems, making schedules and improving the delivery of care to our patients.
With three children, I love to spend time with them and at their activities, games, practices, recitals, etc. My husband and I are sports fans and enjoy SEC football (especially when Alabama wins) and the Atlanta Braves.I always loved piano and I recently became serious again about my musical education. Taking lessons at Clayton State University has been challenging and fun.As for exercise, I try to practice what I preach by walking / jogging 3-4 days a week. I also enjoy gardening, reading, sewing and cooking. Taking time out to be grateful and enjoy each day is a practice that helps me find balance.