I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona (although I spent six years in South Lake Tahoe, CA in shortly after I was born) and went to undergraduate school at the University of Denver in Colorado, so I am really a transplanted Western gal! I attended Memorial University of Newfoundland for medical school in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada before completing my Pediatric Residency at Baystate Medical Center here in Springfield and settling in the Pioneer Valley. My husband, Mike, is from Eastern MA near Boston which is how we ultimately ended up here after traveling to so many locations prior to finding our home in Western Massachusetts.
I have been with Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine since 2004. I enjoy all aspects of pediatric medicine from the well visits as babies, through the sometimes bumpy times during adolescence. One area of interest for me is lactation and assisting breastfeeding mothers and babies as well as all new parents with the transition of raising a baby. In addition to this, I have also become licensed to treat teens addicted to opiates. This was not an area that I thought I would find myself, but there is (sadly) such a need to have treatment options for our adolescents seeking help in this area. I am currently one of only a few Pediatricians in Western MA licensed to prescribe a medication to help combat opiate addiction. I am Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and am a member and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as having the special license for Opiate Addiction.
My husband, Mike, and I live in Belchertown and have two boys – Max, 17 and Joey, 14 – who keep us very busy with school and sports. We travel to North Carolina to help with Habitat for Humanity each April as a family and I have just restarted working with a Special Olympics Swim Team locally (I had volunteered with them in Canada during medical school and really missed working with this wonderful organization). In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, skiing, vacations at the beach, quilting, and reading a good book.
I am very fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of Pediatricians and Nurse Practitioners at Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. Our staff is dedicated and supportive and I appreciate everything they do to keep our office running. I feel very privileged that you entrust me with the care of your children and appreciate the partnerships we form as we help your children grow!