|Practice:||Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine|
|Languages:||English & German|
I live with my husband of 28 years in Huntsville, AL, where we have lived for the past 14 years. I was raised in many places across the United States. I have two adult sons, 23 and 26. During their growing-up years, I worked part-time to be able to spend time with them. It was after 13 years in private practice that I made the decision to fully commit to my work with Teladoc. Although I have worked part-time in telemedicine for eight years, it has been in the past two years that I have made Teladoc my primary focus and feel that I could not have made a better decision.
I have always been an avid runner, reader and traveler. I love to cook, and recently, I have also become very committed to yoga and relaxation. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family, both immediate and extended. Since my husband’s family lives in Pennsylvania, and mine in Hawaii, that satisfies much of our traveling desires. I am currently enjoying our “empty nest” years and look forward to continuing to travel, spend time with friends and family and increase my yoga and cooking skills.
About eight years ago, when my children were moving on to college, I decided to begin my work in telehealth, instead of growing my practice. It became so very rewarding over the years that I elected to make it my primary focus. Although I loved my practice, the rewards of telehealth were greater and I felt that telehealth was such an important aspect of medicine. I wanted to be a part of its growth.
My primary specialty is Pediatrics and I have always been a pediatrician at heart. My secondary specialty is Adolescent Medicine. I chose this field because I feel that teenagers are at such a critical period in their lives and often fall through the cracks. The issues surrounding adolescence are, in great part, psychosocial and risk-related. I found early on in my medical career that I was drawn to teenagers, enjoyed talking with them and felt that I could make a difference in their lives. Life’s transitions are so very challenging, the teenage years being some of the most challenging, and I really enjoyed the bonds that I was able to create with my patients in that age group. My goals were always to help both teens and parents navigate those difficult times through communication and education. The most valuable tool I had to offer was the time I would spend listening to my patients and my parents and helping them to work together to grow.
I love being able to both help people solve their health issues and educate them about their diseases, both chronic and acute. Rather than always solve their problems for them, I strive to educate them about their overall health and help them to work on prevention in the process.
I went to the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California for my undergraduate work where I received a Bachelors of Science. I completed my medical school training and residency in Pediatrics at The University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. I completed my fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
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