meet the dr.

Education & Training: Ursuline Academy 1996, Hendrix College 2000, UT Houston Medical School 2004, Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Hospital Oakland, Intern/Resident 2004-2007, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics UT Southwestern Medical Center 2008-2011.

Family: I met my husband at Children’s where he was my senior resident. We lived in San Francisco while he completed a pediatric critical care fellowship and moved back home to Dallas in 2008. We have three wonderful daughters that were born in our home with a midwife. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen like most families. We do our best to cook healthy organic vegetarian meals but we also spend time making LOTS of coffee and baking bread. We have 4 hens in our backyard who make amusing pets and delicious eggs.

About Our Practice:

At Home Pediatrics was a practice designed for families, not doctors. A mother with four children suggested that I start a house-call practice after residency. At the time I thought she was nuts! Then, as I became a parent myself, I realized how frustrating it is to navigate a telephone triage system with a sick child; or to sit in a “well” waiting room for 45 minutes while the family next to you is blowing their nose. Our practice offers the ultimate in care and convenience for families.

Why Should I choose At Home Pediatrics?

I limit my practice size to 200 children at a time. This is microscopic compared to the usual 2,000+ patients a private pediatrician takes on. With this small size, I can ensure that I will get to know your child and your family personally. My clients call and text me directly at any time day or night. When their children are sick, I will come to them and see the children in the comfort of their home. It is an old fashioned and simple model of healthcare that predates insurance companies.

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Breastfeeding

We all have different experiences as parents. There are many things that I cannot provide first hand advice about to my clients. I can provide them with data, suggestions, and anecdotes but ultimately if I have never gone through it my information may be less useful. Breastfeeding is not one of those experiences for me. Between the three children, I have 58 months of breastfeeding experience under my bra (not belt, get it?) and counting.

Here is my most succinct breastfeeding advice:

  1. Read a book before the baby arrives. I like this one: Bestfeeding by Suzanne Arms, which has a great cover.
  2. Put your newborn to breast right after birth and at least every 2-3 hours until your milk comes in. Even if they are tired and sleepy, your body needs the stimulation for your milk production to start.
  3. It does hurt at the beginning as your nipples are stretching but it should get more comfortable during each feed. If it hurts during the entire feed, you might have a latch issue.
  4. If anything is not going well, please call a lactation consultant. Ask your friends for recommendations. Lactation consultants are just like any other practitioner, you need to find the one whose personality jives with yours!
  5. Position your baby so that their shoulders are facing the breast, they shouldn’t have to turn their head to eat. This sounds simplistic but its true!
  6. Eat and drink all the time. Consume at least 2,000 calories a day.
  7. Just get a hands free pumping bra, even if you aren’t planning on pumping often. They are cheap and oh so helpful.
  8. Give it SIX weeks. This was the best advice anyone ever gave me. The first 6 weeks can be tough but if you can make it that long, it usually gets much easier from there. Many times people will tell me that their goal is 6 months or a year or two. Set your expectations low and start with 6 weeks!!
  9. Have a can of formula in your house even if you have no intention of using it. Knowing that it is there can take some of the pressure off.
  10. When you decide to stop breastfeeding is between you and your baby. Sometimes they lead the way, sometimes you do.

 

It is 100% okay and acceptable to not breastfeed. I tell clients that I can be their breastfeeding cheerleader and push and encourage them or I can be the one to tell them that it really is okay to throw the towel in! It is a personal decision and should be respected and not judged whether that is to nurse you child until they are 4 or to start with a bottle of formula in the hospital. If you are not sure about whether or not to breastfeed, I would suggest giving it a shot (and 6 weeks 🙂 )

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