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While other little girls hosted tea parties, a young Sandra Peak, M.D, opened a "clinic" and forced her brother to either be a nurse or the parent bringing in dolls to be bandaged. Come to think of it, it now makes sense why she wanted to care for kids too.
"I chose pediatrics because, at least for me, it was the one place in medicine where I felt I could truly change a person’s life—and I could do that simply by educating their parents," Dr. Peak said. "Plus, kids are truly amazing! They have a natural empathy that I identify with. The best parts of my job are the hugs, high fives, giggles and eye rolls ... plus an unlimited supply of lollipops."
Eye rolls? Yes. Dr. Peak has the type of humor that inspires eye rolls from her family. She calls her husband, Jay, "an amazing man whose selfless dedication to our family inspires me every day." She says her stepson, Sage, is a constant source of hilarity and keeps her and her husband on their toes.
"It's easy to identify with kids ... especially when, in your heart, you still are one," Dr. Peak said. "The secret is putting yourself in their place. Remembering how big and scary and wonderful and mysterious the world seemed when you were little."
Earning a B.A. degree in English and psychology from Baylor University helped Dr. Peak communicate with the children she treats today. After Baylor, she followed her passion and attended medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Her pediatric residency was at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, where she participated in Angel One emergency helicopter transport service. While there, she also received the Jocelyn Elders Award for excellence in community service. Dr. Peaks returned to her home town of Dallas in 1998 and established a Pediatric Practice in neighboring Carrollton, Texas. She joined Cook Children’s Physician Network in Lewisville in 2004.
Dr. Peak enjoys gardening, yoga, and boating and in her spare time can be found at the lake with Jay, Sage and the world's most amazing Labs, Sugar Mae and Ceasar.
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