Kaiser Permanente physician
My gender: Female
Accepting new patients. Referral may be required.
Thank you for visiting my Web page, and welcome! I am happy to share more about my background and practice so you can feel more comfortable working with me and with Kaiser Permanente. I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. I'm the youngest child of a surgeon, so medicine has always been a part of my life. I have always enjoyed life as if I were a child, so it was natural that during medical school I was drawn to a career helping children. I became a board-certified pediatrician after completing training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. I found my passion helping the most vulnerable babies, which led me to specialize in neonatology and to go to Los Angeles for a neonatal fellowship at University of California - Los Angeles.
After the fellowship, I continued working in academic neonatology at UCLA, and subsequently at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in California as an assistant professor of neonatology for 6 years. In addition to working as a neonatologist, I worked on the neonatal transport team, gaining experience in the most complicated cases. During this time, I also worked in neuroscience research, developed pediatric patient safety projects, led the neonatal resident education program, and created critical skills training utilizing neonatal simulators. I was fortunate enough to go on yearly medical missions with Healing the Children, to help impoverished families in Guatemala. I came to San Diego to be near family and found my second home with Kaiser Permanente. I had the privilege to unite my previous experience with the exceptional group of neonatologists I joined. Here at Kaiser Permanente, I am helping build and lead educational activities and safety projects to ensure top-of-the-line patient care and safety.
I am grateful to be part of a neonatology unit that prides itself on a multidisciplinary team composed of skilled, knowledgeable, and talented health care providers. We utilize a true team approach, with support not only from the physicians but also nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, social workers, occupational therapists, discharge planners, and administrators. This group approach not only results in better and more complete care, but also makes our patients feel safer and better taken care of, as they are being advised and helped by a large and specialized team familiar with all aspects of patient care. In that spirit, we work closely with our pediatricians, and the electronic medical record system gives us the ability to maintain care for even the most complex cases.
I believe the relationships we have with others are incredibly important, and I make a point of creating loving, supportive relationships that bring meaning, light, and laughter to my life. The well of my motivation to grow is three-fold: First, it is my passion for medicine and the beauty of science that tries to explain how we all function and enables us to fix the seemingly unfixable. Second, it's my team, who has in many ways become my family, whom I love working with, and whom we constantly encourage to always achieve more and better things. And third, and most importantly, the love towards my patients. The tiny little guys all have a central place in my heart, and their families often become very close to me during the work process. It's them, my patients, who at the end make my day and give me constant reassurance that every minute has been worth it, no matter how long and challenging that week might have been.