I’ve wanted to be a ‘kid’s doctor’ since I was young, and now I’m lucky enough to have my dream job! I grew up in Mesa, Arizona and completed medical school and residency in Texas. It was my honor to serve in the United States Air Force and while stationed at the Air Force Academy, my family and I fell in love with Colorado Springs and decided to call it home. I love kids and my wife would agree I am just a big kid at heart. I believe that optimal care for each child is achieved through a partnership of trust between an empathetic physician and a child’s family.
I grew up in Sioux Falls, SD where I attended Augustana College studying Biology, Philosophy, running Track and Field, and Cross-Country. I went on to complete Medical School at the University of South Dakota and my Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Residency at the University of Nebraska before moving to Colorado Springs in the fall of 2018. Along they way, I taught high school, played fiddle in an indy band, and traveled to various countries doing medical work and cultivating a global perspective in medicine.
My family and I are glad we finally made it out here to Colorado. We have been traveling here for years and we eventually decided to relocate to enjoy all the outdoor opportunities. The Tri-Lake community is exactly what we were looking for and I look forward to serving this community. My 10 years of practice in Texas taught me a lot about communicating with and treating my patients. One of the most important things I learned was that making decisions together tends to have the best result.
I was born and raised in Alamosa, Colorado and attended undergraduate school at Colorado College. During and after college I did research in parasitology at several places including Chicago, Mexico City and the Yucatán. I then moved back east to attend Harvard Medical School where I also continued in research. Although I thought I wanted a career in research, I realized I belong in patient care.
I first entered medicine knowing that I wanted to become a Pediatrician. Working with children is an often entertaining, mostly joyful, sometimes challenging and always rewarding experience. I especially love being able to watch a small infant develop into a unique child and then into an independent young adult. My goal as a pediatrician is to care for the whole child through this amazing process, from providing support and guidance to new parents to helping adolescents navigate the myriad challenges that come with growing up in the world today.
I originally hail from St. Louis, MO, where I completed college and medical school. After that I started my Air Force career, enjoying duty stations all over the world, including USAFA here in Colorado Springs. My time there made an impression on me, so after a few years in southern New Mexico, where I got married and started a family, I decided it was time to move back to Colorado Springs. I am so thrilled to be working with a group that values high quality patient care and I'm looking forward to sharing the splendor of the Rocky Mountains with my husband, children, and dogs.
I have always had a passion for science and service. To me, the field of medicine blends the two. Family medicine has the added benefit of serving the whole person and the whole family. I have a special interest in children and adolescents, as well as preventative care and women's health.
Born and raised in the Southwest, I have a love of the outdoors and nature. Colorado Springs is the perfect place to explore both of these.