Q: What led you to work in Neonatology?
Answer: I always knew I wanted to work in pediatrics. When I started pediatric residency, I was terrified for my NICU rotation, but within two days I knew that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. To be able to take a one pound baby and watch them grow, and see them later running around as an active two year old was one of the most rewarding experiences.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: My husband and I have always wanted to live somewhere close to nature where we can relax and enjoy. I am also a huge history fan and this area is rich with American history. It is the complete package. Right after we moved into our home, my husband looked outside from the deck and said, â€œI could retire hereâ€. We love it!
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about Neonatology?
Answer: That we only take care of premature babies. Many of the babies we see are actually full-term, but because something unplanned happened, they need our care.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: There is such a need in our community for the services I am going to be able to provide. Several of our neighbors have had children that have had to go elsewhere after birth for NICU care, and many of those babies will now be able to stay here close to their families. Even if a baby needs services greater than we can provide long-term, once they are stable they can come back here for the rest of their stay in the NICU and be close to home. It is an honor to be part of this, in being able to keep these babies close to home. I know as a mother one of the hardest things I have experienced was having my child in the hospital, but having to have a child in a hospital far from home, and not being able to be with the as often as possible is unimaginable.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I enjoy outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, spending time with my family, oil painting, reading, scrapbooking and crafts, and baking.