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I grew up in a suburb of Detroit with my three siblings and numerous pets. My parents are both teachers, and education was paramount in my house. I always knew that I wanted to be a doctor from the time I could talk. I went to University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate degree, then return home to attend Michigan State University for medical school. I completed my pediatric residency at the University of Michigan. I met my husband, Jason, during my internship and he is the reason I am now in Wisconsin. Since moving to Milwaukee, I have had four wonderful (most of the time) kids and a menagerie of pets. We are now up to two border collies, a mean bunny, a gecko and tons of fish!
We have lived in the same house in Whitefish Bay since I moved here form Michigan. I love living in a community in which I work, and being an active member of the community is very important to me. I have served on multiple school committees, including the WFB drug task force and am the PTO scholarship chair. In addition, I have been the health advisor and board member for a local preschool. I perform alumni interviews for high school seniors that are applying to my alma mater, Penn. Finally, I have done numerous interviews for the local TV stations in regards to breaking health news.
I diagnosed myself with celiac (an autoimmune disease again gluten) several years ago, an unfortunately my oldest son developed it. I also have multiple food allergies. Learning to live with food restrictions and having a child with it has been challenging, but also helps me to appreciate what parents of kids with food allergies are dealing with. i also have a special interest in promoting healthy diets and exercises, and trying to help those kids with obesity.
I fully admit to being a crazy soccer mom, as my kids and several of my patients will attest to! I enjoy watching football and hockey games (Packers, Lions, and the REd Wings- cant completely take the Detroit out of me!) The things I love to do in my free time include going to soccer games and other kids activities, taking the dogs for a jog around the Bay, doing Zumba, and reading.
Being a pediatrician is truly an amazing and rewarding experience. I know how fortunate I am to say that I truly love my job and can't imagine doing anything else. From the anxious expecting parents, to the vulnerable newborns, to terrible twos, and on to the pre-teen and teenage years - I get to help parents and children navigate through it all. In no other field is it as important to work as a team with a family. Open communication and trust is an essential part of pediatrics. I love watching the kids grow and develop, from newborns to young adults! It's great to have the mom of the baby who always cried when I came into the room tell me her toddler is dressing up and pretending to be Dr. B, or when they see me at school drop off and tell me they ate their veggies that day. I would love to meet with you to talk about how I can help you navigate this wonderful adventure called parenthood!