I was born and raised in Rochester, NY. I attended Bucknell University as a pre-med student where I started toward my long time goal of becoming a pediatrician. During those years, I worked as a student athletic trainer with various sports teams. I graduated with a B.A. in Biology (1992) and subsequently graduated from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine in 1996. At that time I moved to Springfield, MA and did my pediatric residency at Baystate Medical Center. I have been a physician at Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine since 1999.
I would describe my practice as a real mix in terms of patients’ ages and types of issues I deal with. One of the things I like best about my job is the variety throughout each day. In a typical day, I can see a four day old newborn, an 18 year old getting their college checkup, a child with a broken arm, spend time encouraging a depressed teen as we explore medication and therapy options, and discussing the pitfalls of toilet training with a parent of a toddler! Knowledge is an important part of being a good pediatrician, but enjoying children of all ages and relating to their families is the art of this profession. My particular interests include infant/toddler development, asthma and celiac disease. With each year of “mom experience”, I feel better equipped to help parents navigate the challenges that come with different stages of childhood and adolescence.
I live in Wilbraham with my three children; Ryan, Jeffrey and Lauren. I am a soccer mom, have served on the PTO, and in my spare time I enjoy singing, reading, baking and skiing.
My entire medical career has been spent here in western MA. I feel blessed to have trained here and continued to work in the same community. Because I both live and work in Wilbraham, I am very invested in my patients and their families. Many are friends, neighbors, and classmates or teammates to my kids. It is a unique situation but one that I wouldn’t trade! I look forward to serving your family along with my fellow staff here at Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.