Pediatrician at Northampton Area Pediatrics LLP
Department + Services
Training + Education
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency Hospital: Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University
American Board of Pediatrics
I am often asked if having pediatric training helps me be a parent. And the answer is, “Yes and no.” Sure, there are the straightforward medical issues that I don’t have to Google (or call the pediatrician!) because of the knowledge I have gathered from my career. But when I am with my kids, I am about 95% parent and only 5% pediatrician, and I feel the same as a anyone else out there when my child is sick or in the middle of a behavioral meltdown. There really are no magic tricks or quick solutions. The amount of patience required to take care of these young kids is tremendous, so it is from this perspective that I try to bring my best advice and care to your child in the office.
My husband and I are native New Yorkers (but not Yankees or Giants fans). I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Pioneer Valley through my husband who fell in love with this area after attending Hampshire College. Neither of us had a particular interest in exhausting ourselves by returning to the congestion and expense of the NY metro area. It was a natural next step to relocate to Northampton after our education/trainings were completed.
We are very lucky to live in an area that values children and that has so many things to offer families, across a wide range of interests. We enjoy the Northampton Parents Center, the music of Hootenanny, the beauty of Look Park (especially the train and the spray park in the summer!), and Musante Beach. There will be so much more to explore as our children grow up. My son is five years old and in kindergarten and my daughter is two.
I am also enjoying my involvement in the community as school physician for Union 38 school district (Frontier Regional High School and the elementary schools) and I have been newly appointed the School Physician for Northampton Public Schools. My particular interests within the field of pediatrics include nutrition and preventative health care. I also love working with the teenagers as they are finding themselves and transitioning to become young adults.
I love pediatrics because, although its intellectual dimensions involve science and diagnosis, its heart lies with children and families. I am always impressed and amazed by your children and feel fortunate to be a part of your lives.