Undergraduate School: University of Kentucky Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine Residency: University of Kentucky, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, cooking vegetarian meals, gardening, spending time with my family (especially my niece!), animals, and traveling. Research/QI Interests:My interests include the incorporation of trauma-informed care into medical practice, foster-care and kinship care, sexual abuse, and the effects of the opioid epidemic on children and families.
Why Child Protection? I fell in love with Child Abuse Pediatrics during a rotation during residency. I loved the strong incorporation of advocacy both for children and families that is embedded into the practice of CAP. Growing up in a state where abuse and neglect are extremely prevalent, CAP is a way that I can help children in need and furthermore help build stronger families. I love that the field is so multifaceted in incorporating patient-care, multidisciplinary teams, advocacy, and research into daily practice.
Why IU/Riley? I fell in love with IU during my virtual interview and have since fallen even more in love with it since being here in person! Everyone I have met is beyond kind and dedicated to the program and their fellows - it truly is a family. Additionally, Riley has a large, diverse patient population and I am able to see a multitude of presentations of child abuse and neglect.
Undergraduate School: Indiana University Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine Residency: Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital/Spectrum Health/MSU Hobbies: I enjoy reading, watching reality television, nature walks/camping, baking and hanging out with my niece and nephew. Research/QI Interests: I’m interested in the intersections of child abuse pediatrics and developmental pediatrics, reducing/eliminating implicit bias in medicine and more specifically in the evaluation of child maltreatment and improving healthcare for LGBTQ+ persons.
Why Child Protection?
I first became interested in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics in medical school when I did a rotation with Riley’s Child Protection Team. In residency, I again rotated with the child abuse pediatricians at that institution and found myself even more drawn to this field. I enjoy the critical thinking involved and the necessary multidisciplinary approach unique to this field of medicine. Becoming a child abuse pediatrician will allow me to combine my various interests in medicine (developmental peds, adolescent medicine, reducing/eliminating bias in medicine) in a way that will allow me to help improve the health and safety of children.
I loved my rotations at Riley while I was in medical school, especially my time with the Child Protection Team. I knew that I would receive a wonderful education with a team that was dedicated to teaching and serving their patients. Additionally, the team covers calls from all over the state of Indiana which provides exposure to diverse populations and patient presentations.