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Kaiser Permanente medical center practitioner
My gender: Female
Yes, I'm accepting new patients.
From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to be a doctor. However, it was not until medical school that I decided to be a pediatrician. I am sure that decision was not a surprise to anyone who knows me, as I have always enjoyed interacting with children. For me, kids are just plain fun, and for the most part, they enjoy my silly sense of humor! As a native Tennessean, Tennessee will always be "home," but Georgia is a close second. I came to Atlanta to do my pediatrics residency in 1994, and except for a short stint in South Florida, have lived and practiced in the Atlanta area ever since. When I am not working, I am busy being a mom to two school-age children, caring for a dog, cat and some fish and being a wife to my supportive husband of twenty years. As a family, we love cheering for the Braves, Falcons and Thrashers, snow skiing and spending time near the water, whether it is the lake or the ocean. Recently, we started hiking at area state parks and hope to someday hike the Appalachian Trial. We are also a musical family. I play clarinet with a local ensemble. My children play violin, and my husband sings and plays guitar.
Although I have worked in urgent care settings and in hospitals, I prefer primary care. We see our share of acute and chronic illness, but the majority of our focus is on preventive care. Whether it is giving advice on temper tantrums, managing a chronic illness or celebrating potty training successes, there is never a dull moment in pediatrics. I get to know not only the patient, but the entire family. I enjoy the interaction as well as seeing a child and family grow and develop over the years. I consider myself to be a resource for parents and families, and an advocate for children everywhere. It is very important to me that I give good, solid medical care and form a partnership with parents. After all, the parents are the ones who ultimately make decisions on the medical care of their child, but they need to be fully informed to make sound decisions. That may start with helping to ensure a newborn develops healthy sleeping habits and is appropriately immunized. It can then continue all the way to finally encouraging a college student to make smart choices on their own.
Whether I am leading our children's ministries at my local church or volunteering on an international medical mission, my faith keeps me focused on what matters most. I thrive by performing music and traveling. I have also rediscovered scuba diving after twenty years.