Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine: My mother was a registered nurse and was a large influence in why I decided to pursue a career in medicine. I volunteered at the hospital where she worked and was impressed by how much of a difference she made in patient’s lives when they were often at their most vulnerable. Patients would often stop her while walking in the community to thank her for her excellent care and kindness. I chose podiatry specifically because of the immediate impact we can often have on patient’s pain and the pivotal role podiatrists play in the prevention of devastating limb amputations.
What patients should expect when they come to an appointment with me: I feel that patient education is key to a successful outcome. I will take the time to explain the diagnosis and make sure my patient understands the outlined treatment plan. I will discuss with the patient not only the plan for their acute pain but also the long-term treatment goals for prevention and/or recurrence.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients: I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. We enjoy camping, kayaking, and attending Penn State football games.