Growing up in southeast Texas certainly did not prepare me for winters I spent in Boston earning my undergraduate degree in applied biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I planned to be a math or physics major until I took a biology elective my freshman year and was inspired by a wonderful professor. After deciding to attend medical school, I was accepted to the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where I also did my residency in pediatrics. I actually worked in the hospital where I was born and ran into my pediatrician one night while I was seeing patients in the nursery! I moved to Atlanta in 1980 after visiting with friends and being attracted to its hills, trees, and climate.
About my practice
I have been in practice at Kaiser Permanente for 20 years, caring for members from birth to 21 years old. It is rewarding to watch my patients grow up. Some have started their own families and I now see their children as patients.I thoroughly enjoy working with infants and young children, as they have some of the funniest stories to tell. Working with adolescents is both challenging and rewarding, particularly as they and their parents deal with the transition to adulthood. As teenagers begin making decisions about their health care, I have many opportunities to provide education about being responsible for their own health.In addition to general pediatric care, I work with a number of families with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention/school problems. I diagnose and follow up on those conditions and help them manage their medications.
How I thrive
I find working on my farm in Walker County very rewarding. Digging in the dirt, whether by hand, behind the tiller or on the tractor, keeps me busy with about a half acre under cultivation. My friends, family members and the pediatric team at TownPark Medical Center benefit from the product of my labor with a supply of fresh vegetables from late spring through the fall. I also try to get to the gym at least three times a week and work to stay fit. This is beneficial as it keeps me prepared for farm work.I find my spiritual community important. I have found that having an expanded family through my spiritual community provides a supporting foundation for all the other things that I do in my life.