I am a native of Western Mass who grew up near the Greenfield area, in the town of Turners Falls. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a caring and dedicated Pediatrician who was diligent in the care of my rather persistent chronic asthma, provided my parents with unfailing support, and demonstrated what a powerful positive impact a physician can have on the life of a child.
Inspired by Dr. Buchanan’s example, and naturally interested in both the field of science and in working with children, I began early in high school to consider a career in Pediatrics. After graduating high school in 1989, I attended Boston College, where I had the opportunity to participate in several service projects working with children from disadvantaged communities in the Boston area, and in the mountains of Appalachia. These experiences were profoundly moving and led me to consider Pediatric medicine not as just a career, but a calling, as I pursued pre-medical studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, ultimately graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1993.
With a clear interest in Primary Care Pediatrics in mind, I entered medical school at the University Of Massachusetts in Worcester in 1993. I opted to extend my program for an extra fifth year of study to allow me to develop an international perspective on Maternal and Child Health, which included rotations in Beersheva, Israel, and in both rural and urban areas of Ecuador, where I consolidated my many years of academic Spanish into usable fluency.
After graduating from UMass in 1998, and seeking to expand my medical knowledge base to a region outside the Northeast, I completed my Pediatric Residency through the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, graduating in 2001.
Since then, I have worked full- time in the Intermountain West, providing patient centered care to a socio-economically and ethnically diverse population on the western edge of Salt Lake City. I have a prevention focused, integrative approach to my practice, and seek to help foster the optimal physical, social, and emotional health of my patients and their families. I have a special interest in providing comprehensive care for children with mental and behavioral health needs, such as ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Tic’s, as well as Asthma and Food allergies. My role is to partner with parents to help inform, empower and support them to enable their children to live the healthiest and happiest lives possible.
While busy caring for my patients, I have also had the immeasurably rewarding experience of raising 2 beautiful children, Emma, now 14 and Timothy, 11 , along with my husband, Phil, a Pediatric RN and avid woodworker. They keep us busy with Irish Dance, music lessons, and most recently Fencing. In my free time, I love hiking, gardening, bird-watching and enjoying the beauty of nature- I can’t wait to explore the Quabbin! I had hoped to return to family and Pediatric practice in the Northeast long ago, and am incredibly excited to finally have the opportunity to join the dedicated and caring team of physicians and nurses at PAM. I look forward to the opportunity to put my years of experience to use in service to the children and families of the Wilbraham area.