I have been intrigued with pregnancy and childbirth for as long as I can remember, which led me to complete my medical degree at The University of Tennessee in Memphis. I have always viewed medicine as a calling not just a “job.” Combining this calling with my interest in women’s reproductive health made obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN) a perfect fit. Plus, I enjoy the idea of taking care of two people at the same time – considering the mom’s needs and the baby’s needs and making the best choices for both.
In addition to patients in the United States, I also feel a calling to serve patients abroad. Past mission trips to Guatemala and Kenya have allowed me to help care for patients in the areas of primary care, pediatrics and obstetrics. I find it very fulfilling to help people who don’t have access to the same things we have access to here in this country. In 2016, my husband, also a doctor, and I will travel to a hospital in Kenya to serve patients together for the first time.
As a mother to four young boys, I am always supportive of what my patients want their birth experiences to look like, as long as it is safe for both mother and baby. I value the ability to give my patients a special, personalized experience, based on their desires and preferences.
Having had four very different birthing experiences of my own, I enjoy being a resource for my patients as well. I think they appreciate knowing that, when I am counseling them about the labor and delivery process, I am probably not covering anything that I have not experienced myself.
Women’s Hospital & OB Hospitalist Concept
After spending three years as an attending obstetrician/gynecologist at Northside Hospital, a women’s hospital in Atlanta, I moved to the Triangle area with my family due to my husband’s career. He is a cardiac surgeon who also works at WakeMed. For me, the hospitalist position at WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital came around at the perfect time when considering the needs of my family as well as my career.
I also felt drawn to the women’s hospital concept because everyone on the care team, from doctors to nurses to techs to aides, knows childbirth – the good and the challenging. That’s the beauty of it – this is what we do, all day, every day, so there is a greatly enhanced sense of familiarity with our patients and what they are going through. Patient safety is greatly enhanced as well. As hospitalists, we work in the hospital 24/7, so a skilled and experienced doctor is always there to handle any type of patient emergency at a moment’s notice.
Outside of Medicine
Beyond my work as a physician, I am a wife and busy mom of four wonderful boys. As a family, we enjoy being active, playing soccer, hiking, cycling and camping. My love for the outdoors also extends to mountain climbing out west, snow skiing and scuba diving.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610