I’ve always had a special interest in combating childhood obesity through education and prevention. My desire to focus on teaching children how to stay healthy, rather than treating them after the fact, led me to transition from practicing medicine, into the world of consulting.
I received my early education in Buffalo, NY at City Honors School. I earned a B.A. in Biology and Society from Cornell University in 1993, and received an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1997. I completed my pediatric residency training in Austin, Texas.
In 2007, I started Pediatric Wellness Consultants, a consulting company focused on developing and implementing community-based health, fitness and nutrition education programs for children and their families, primarily in pre-schools, elementary schools and churches.
Soon after, I began writing and recording children’s songs which encouraged exercise and dance, inspired healthy eating and promoted self-confidence, through lyrics geared just for that purpose. My debut single, “Drink More Water,” was released in August 2010.
Since that time, I’ve had the extraordinary opportunity to explore my unique path in life and find ways to make full use of my natural gifts and talents. I’ve been able to delve into every artistic thing I’ve wanted to try, including taking ballet and contemporary dance classes, teaching myself to play the guitar and piano and writing children, gospel/contemporary Christian and jazz songs.
This wonderful exploration allowed me to hone in on my passions, and solidified my belief that I’m called to learn, teach, share and encourage others through music, movement and education. In addition, my blog will lend a Christian wife-mother perspective along with a background in medicine, to cover topics ranging from health & fitness, marriage & parenting, music & dance, and natural food and even natural hair!