1993, North Central College in Naperville Illinois
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
1997-1998, Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at
University of Chicago
1998-2001, Mount Sinai Family Practice Residency of
I am new to the Kansas City area, having moved here during the
summer of 2011. A lifelong Illinois resident prior to
that, I lived in the same county in Illinois for most of my
life, excepting my medical training. After residency, I
had a very busy rural practice for 10 years, practicing the full
spectrum of family medicine including family-centered maternity
care. I loved practice, my wonderful wise family physician
partners, and my many fascinating patients – but I had always
been interested in teaching and academic practice and after 10
years in practice, decided the time was right to make a change.
Research was very appealing to me as a residency in which the
full spectrum of family medicine was taught and the curriculum
was academically rigorous. I want to be part of helping
train residents and students to be the most excellent family
doctors they can be!
areas of interest in practice are maternal-child health.
My private practice was about 75% women and children, with a
relatively high volume (for a family doc) of maternity patients.
I love the anticipatory guidance and education aspect of our
specialty, and maternity care and well child care give plenty of
opportunity to practice that. I also have a particular
interest in breastfeeding, with which I believe family doctors
are best suited to assist families since we can treat all
members of the family. I love being a part of educating
residents in evidence-based practice in maternity care and
I also have a
particular interest in medical ethics – particular
doctor-patient relationship and medical decision making.
One aspect that is especially interesting to me is communication
skills and methods to help patients become invested in
participatory medicine, where decisions are made jointly with
the patients’ goals foremost in importance.
working, I spend most of my time with my family. My
husband Brian is a software architect, and we have 4 children.
Our oldest, Christopher, married our lovely daughter in law Amy
this summer, and they live in Iowa where they both work.
We also have Catherine, who is a senior in high school, Justin,
who is 14, and Caroline who is 8. Most of our social
life revolves around the kids’ activities – particularly band.
I also play the piano, and am a lifelong runner– I’m usually
training for one race or another.