Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
I grew up in a family of professional performing artists, where sharing stories and understanding the human experience was quite fundamental, but injuries and illnesses were avoided at all costs! I wanted a profession that allowed me to connect with people on an intimate level, help families navigate life's biggest transitions, and empower them to make informed choices. I have always been fascinated by the human body, especially its ability for self-healing, and what can be done to aid that process. I went into medicine with a strong interest in women's health and obstetrics, but found family medicine to be the best home for my varied interests and overall preventive approach to care. I love that family doctors can deliver babies and continue to care for those children, their parents, and grandparents for generations. It is those relationships that keep me loving my work!
What I want my patients to know about me:
I am outgoing, creative and direct. I care deeply about my patients and families and I pride myself in being an advocate and partner in achieving their health goals. After my residency in full spectrum family medicine, I did an extra year of obstetrics training so I have particular passions for maternity care, family planning, newborn care and breastfeeding medicine. As an osteopathic physician, I enjoy incorporating musculoskeletal techniques into my practice, and exploring other complementary approaches to care. Recently I also received a certification in performing arts medicine, which includes specialized care of actors, musicians, singers and dancers.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I enjoy supporting and participating in the vibrant performing arts scene in Lancaster county. I sing in a local women’s barbershop chorus, and perform with an improvisational theatre troupe. I also enjoy cooking and exploring local restaurants, traveling, and spending time with my husband, a writing professor.
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