My Practice

Raising children is hard.  New parents understandably have many questions and concerns. Feeding and sleeping issues, intellectual development, and infectious diseases are just a few of the complicated topics that make parents worry.  As children age, the concerns evolve, but they are just as important. Topics such as learning disabilities, anxiety/depression and injuries like concussions are frequent issues for teens and their parents.

Properly addressing these issues takes considerable time and pediatric expertise.  Unfortunately, changes in the healthcare industry have pushed many pediatric practices to find short cuts and work-arounds.  Double-booked time slots lead to brief appointments and long waits in waiting rooms full of sick children. Many practices are using nurse practitioners in place of board-certified pediatricians.   All this has a negative effect on the care that is being provided. A recent academic study showed that, given the average number of patients a primary care doctor sees, the doctor would have to work 21.7 hours a day to provide all the recommended preventative and acute care. 

Although my nieces and nephews are not my patients, in the past I have often helped my sisters-in-law in a pinch when one of their children are sick and they can’t get in to their regular pediatrician. Recently, I ended up removing a large amount of wax from my young niece’s ear when she was having difficulty hearing. Although this is often a stressful procedure for children, she sat very stoically in her kitchen without crying for as long as it took to get all the wax out. This speaks to my niece’s courage, but it certainly helped that she was sitting in a familiar room with a parent on either side. It struck me at the time how much better children often do with stressful situations when they are in a familiar environment--and also how unfortunate it was that my sister-in-law wasn’t able to get an appointment with her pediatrician.

Experiences like these made me realize that I wanted to care for patients the way pediatric care should optimally be done.  I left my job at a group practice at the end of 2019 and decided to start my own practice with the goal of providing the very best care for a small number of patients.

I decided on a home visit model that brings me to you and your children. I will come to your home with the needed medical equipment and see your child there. My mobile office also includes a roomy and comfortable consultation room (pictured here) that can be used if you want. (As a busy mother of twins, I know sometimes I am not prepared to have visitors in my house.) 

I limit my practice to only about 5% of the average number of patients a pediatrician has, so I will know you and your children well.  I will be readily available for any of your health concerns. You can text me, call me, email me or video chat with me, and I’ll come to you when your child needs to be seen in person. Your child gets as much care as they need, when they need it.

I also want to make clear, however, that I will strive to provide the best evidence-based care for your child. While I’m happy to explain all the medicine, differential diagnoses and treatment decisions thoroughly, my practice is not for patients who expect antibiotics for viral infections, those who are convinced vaccines are dangerous, or those seeking unproven, alternative treatments for chronic illnesses.  My practice is for people who want personalized, convenient, evidence-based pediatric care at their home.