What motivated you to choose to become an
I chose a career in
Ob-Gyn to be able to provide a wide variety of care for my patients – from
office procedures and routine well-woman care to complex surgeries and
obstetrical emergencies. In medical
school, I was very interested in pediatrics, and I was fortunate to have a
faculty mentor who practiced pediatric gynecology. Once I discovered that I could care for both children
and adults as an Ob-Gyn, the decision was easy.
I feel very blessed to have chosen such a challenging and rewarding
career and would easily make the same career choice if I was asked to do it again.
How did you become involved with the University
of Colorado and the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s SOAR team?
I joined Dr. Steve
Scott in Pediatric Gynecology at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2010 and quickly
realized that many of our patients overlapped with pediatric endocrinology and
urology, particularly in the area of disorders of sexual development (DSD). This complex area of medicine affects many different patients,
and requires a high-level of complex subspecialty care. We therefore partnered with Dr. Sharon
Travers and Dr. Duncan Wilcox at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2012 to create
a multi-disciplinary clinic to improve the care of our patients with DSD. Since opening this clinic, we have received very
positive feedback from patients and families, and we recently hosted a regional
conference on best practice in DSD care.
Which particular award or achievement is the
most gratifying to you?
My most rewarding
achievement was being nominated by the Executive Board of the North American
Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) to service as the
Chair of the Resident Education Committee.
This role has allowed me to bring together two of my passions in
medicine – pediatric gynecology and resident education. I am currently leading my team in the
development of a national simulation curriculum and interactive online modules
in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
What techniques do you use to manage your time
I am extremely
fortunate to work with a great team, both at the University of Colorado and
Children’s Hospital Colorado. I rely on
my team to efficiently manage a busy pediatric and adult gynecology
practice. Throughout the day, I am
constantly on my phone coordinating patient care, surgical scheduling and
follow up with my nurses, medical assistants and administrative staff as I move
back and forth between hospitals. I
truly could not provide the level of care I do without their dedication,
support and effort.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Always work to be a
better listener. I’ve learned that the
more I listen to my patients and their families, the more empathetic I am to
their needs. Further, the better I listen
to my team, the more we advance patient care and create a great working environment.
What are some of your future goals and plans for
My clinical and research
interests are in abnormal uterine bleeding and bleeding disorders. I currently see patients in a
multi-disciplinary setting with hematology and gynecology. Over the next couple of years, I hope to help
establish our Blood Disorders and Thrombosis Clinic as a National Center of
Excellence. I would also like to expand
our multi-disciplinary DSD Clinic and establish a well-organized transition of
care for adolescents to adult DSD care at the University of Colorado.
If you could do another job for just one day,
what would it be?
teacher. I recently volunteered in my
twin’s second grade classroom and I was awed by the innocence and excitement of
the young kids learning and working together.
I believe that kids can teach us a lot about life, how to love and
respect others, and also how to have fun.
Where can you most often be found on a weekend?
On the soccer
field. I have three young boys and they
are very active in sports. There is
never a dull moment in my house!
What is your favorite book?
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand.
What is the best place you have traveled to, and
Italy. I am always looking for ways to
relax and unwind and in this small coastal town, life really moves at a slower
pace. The wine and food are amazing as
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Tennis. After a rough day at work, I can go out on
the tennis court and all of my stress and worries fall away. I truly love the sport and could play all day
if given the opportunity.