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: University of Southern Indiana Medical School: University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Residency: Michigan State University Hobbies: Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our pets (one dog and one cat). We like to spend time outside (gardening, hiking, fishing), cooking, and watching football games. Research/QI Interests: One of my main interests in the field of child abuse pediatrics includes looking at the impact of different types of abuse on a child’s developmental trajectory, including the behavioral and psychiatric sequelae of abuse.
Why Child Protection?
I have been drawn to this field since I was first exposed to it during medical school when I volunteered at a Child Advocacy Center. I was able to witness the great need for medical providers who are trained to care for children who have undergone abuse. During residency, I was able to provide firsthand care for numerous patients who had been abused, and I was able to observe it’s lasting effect on a child’s life. In those moments, I knew I wanted to devote my career to being a lifelong advocate to those children in need. Specializing in this field will not only give me the diagnostic skills necessary to investigate traumatic injuries, but will also allow me to provide education and awareness regarding child abuse to the community to hopefully prevent reoccurrences.
Why IU/Riley? Growing up in Southern Indiana, I had always heard of Riley Hospital for Children and knew of its prestigious reputation. After making my decision to pursue fellowship in child protection, I knew I wanted to return to my home state and serve this population. During my third year of residency, I did an “away rotation” where I spent a month with the Child Protection Team here at Riley. After the first week, I knew this is where I wanted to be. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. It will be an honor to learn from this medical team’s experience.
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.