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I originally wanted to be a neonatologist, and in medical school and residency I took quite a few electives in that field. Then I discovered that I really liked the diversity of working with all different age groups. I also enjoyed sports and fitness and coaching my kids' teams when they were younger, so I developed an interest in assisting young athletes. I learned that the prospect of helping families to raise their kids was very appealing, and fun, so I decided to become a general pediatrician – that way, I could do it all, from newborns all the way up to age 18.
There are a lot of health care systems, but I chose to work at Cook Children's because of their commitment to family-centered care. One of the most important things one can do is to help raise healthy children and to help with children with special needs. I have the satisfaction that every day I get to do that, and I am now taking care of my second generation of children because many of the children I cared for over the years have chosen me to take care of their kids. That is the ultimate compliment, and I feel honored and blessed to be able to do this.
When I’m not busy seeing patients, I have diverse interests that keep me busy. I love spending time with my kids who are all grown up now and I am awaiting grandkids soon. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, my church and people from my bible study. I love fitness and sports and workout regularly. I enjoy the arts, reading, writing, and doing home projects. I am a die-hard Rangers and Cowboys fan and have season tickets to both. I love to travel and to learn the history of the various areas where I travel. I’m also a great cook - or so my kids and friends say!
I am a US Air Force veteran and served honorably in the late 1970's. I graduated from Midwestern State University, summa cum laude and am a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society; graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio with honors and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and was given the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University of Oklahoma Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency program during my Internship. I served as an adjunct clinical professor in the department of nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington teaching nurse practitioner students.
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