Kids are my life. If I'm not at work caring for children in the clinic, I'm usually somewhere with my own kids. My son and daughter keep my husband and me laughing, busy, and on our toes. I grew up in Colorado, and my family loves to take advantage of our wonderful state. In the summer, we hike, camp, and take cycling trips. In the winter we enjoy snowshoeing and skiing. As much as I love my own kids, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my patients. Once I decided to pursue a career in medicine (it is a second career for me; I worked as a writer for many years) the decision to go into pediatrics was easy--I love the honesty, bravery, and energy with which children face life--and illness.
I am one of four pediatricians in the Highlands Ranch office. As a team, we care for children from birth to 18 or 19. I love the fact that every day is different. I usually see several well children for their checkups and several ill children as well. Learning from my patients and their families is one of my favorite parts of my job. I consider it a privilege to help parents care for their children, and am very humbled when families choose me to help in this important endeavor.
To re-energize, I get outdoors, and I try to ride my bike to work at least once a week. In addition to general pediatric care. I am apart of Kaiser Permanente’s Pediatric Palliative Care Group for children with chronic illnesses. In my own time, I volunteer at my children's' school, and help train Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers who work with abused children. My family raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind and we try to make life easier for people who aren't as lucky as we are. At the end of the day, I enjoy a bowl of popcorn and at least 15 minutes of a good book.