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Palliative Care Medicine
Kaiser Permanente provider
My gender: Female
Yes, my office is accepting new patients. May require referral.
Although originally from the Northeast, I have lived in Colorado since my residency in 2000. My family and I enjoy taking advantage of the sunny days and good weather! I became a pediatrician because children possess an infectious optimism for life and often are the experts at living in the moment. And, even in the face of serious illness, children can remain resilient and teach us about what is really important.
Since returning from my palliative care fellowship in 2017, I work primarily with children who are facing serious illness and their families. For me, the practice of supportive care means spending time with the family unit to help their child lead their best life for as long as possible. That means working hard to understand what makes the child feel happy, loved and supported and what could be getting in the way of those things. With this information in hand, I hope to continue to support families with ongoing decision-making as their child’s medical needs change. Every child and family is unique, and facing serious illness requires a team approach and focus on truly listening to the child and family to hear what is important. I hope to partner with you and your child to focus on them leading their best life.
These days, my free time is spent with my husband and children. Although maybe not exciting, I am forever thankful for the simple things like eating together as a family, reading stories before bed, and Saturday mornings at the park. I am hopeful that my husband will allow me to get my next Great Dane sometime soon! When school is out, I have the opportunity to be outside with my family at Summer Camp. This outdoor location is also becoming a place to support children and families dealing with grief and loss through specific programming offered through several organizations. It has become a wonderful way of combining my passion for supportive care with the healing power of community and nature.