I am a Colorado native, growing up as the daughter of a horse veterinarian in Grand Junction. I survived bacterial meningitis as a toddler and though I don't remember the experience, the impact it had on my family was significant. As a result, my pediatrician was a revered figure in our family. Growing up with my parents at the vet clinic I was always around science and medicine. I enjoyed my Jesuit undergraduate education at Regis University before beginning medical school at the University of Colorado. I did my residency, including a chief resident year, at Children's Hospital here in Denver before moving to the Midwest for 14 years. My husband took us to South Bend, Indiana for his doctorate degree at Notre Dame, and then to Cincinnati where he taught at Xavier University for 10 years. During that time I enjoyed practicing in primary care pediatrics. We had the opportunity to come back home to Colorado in 2017 and are thrilled to be back.
Pediatrics was an easy choice for a career as I have always loved children. My own experience as a mother of four has shaped how I practice. I also enjoy being a resource for families who have grown their families through adoption. I really enjoy watching families bloom. Pediatricians are uniquely positioned to watch parents learn how to become parents. It is such a gift to be part of this process with people. I could never think that I have all of the answers, but I love exploring the questions with families and coming up with solutions together.
We have four kids—two are biological and two are adopted from Haiti. I enjoy reading, sewing, spending time outdoors and raising my family. During our time in Cincinnati I became the medical director for a medical service trip to Guatemala. Each spring I travel for a week to an underserved village in Guatemala with 12 Xavier pre-medical and nursing students to provide medical care, building capacity in the community so they can learn how to better take care of themselves. The trip reminds me each year why I chose medicine as a career. For the Xavier students it is a chance to begin their health care careers in service of those who are marginalized.