My husband Matt and I moved here 13 years ago, as our eldest son was starting kindergarten. We chose Saline in great part due to the excellent reputation of the schools, as well as the opportunity to be part of this incredible community. Over the years, we have been impressed by the District’s dedicated and compassionate professionals who have been integral to our kids’ lives: the educators and staff in the buildings, buses, gyms, fields, and more. We also have been lucky to raise our children in this community of parents who value education so highly. As a mom, I enjoy getting to know other parents whether we are volunteering together at class parties, cheering from the sidelines, or applauding at our students’ concerts.
Professionally, my career as a pediatrician has given me the gift of caring for children from their first newborn visit to their kindergarten check-up to helping them through those crucial teen years. I assist kids and their families in managing their typical preventative care, diagnosing and treating new illnesses and injuries, and their overall physical, emotional, and social health. I also partner with families and their schools in caring for children with complex medical and educational needs. This work gives me a unique window into the needs of a diverse spectrum of students, and will help me to advocate effectively for all of our students.
A good pediatric physician must be caring, a great listener, a lifelong learner, an advocate for children and teens, and work well with schools and families. My most important job, however, will always be Mom to my three boys. As they have grown up in this community, my admiration for their educators has grown exponentially. They are facing unprecedented times, and need strong support from elected officials. My experiences as a mom, doctor, and school volunteer will guide me in putting our kids first on the Saline School Board.