My dreams of being a pediatrician started at a very early age… in fact, I can’t remember wanting to do anything else! My greatest influence is my mom who was a nurse practitioner at a private pediatric office. I grew up in a small, rural community outside of Rochester. My family managed to send me 45 minutes away from our home to Mercy High School, where I could be more academically challenged. I then went to Ithaca College, and was accepted into Upstate Medical College the year after graduation. However, I decided to spread my wings the summer after undergrad and moved to the sunny world of San Diego. I was granted a deferment so I could intern at the Child and Adolescent Research Center at Rady’s Children Hospital, where I worked on the ADHD project and early childhood developmental screening program. I met my husband there and we moved back to NY State so I could complete my medical training. We moved back to the Rochester area after residency and now have 3 beautiful girls. We love that we are surrounded by so much family and great friends. It is truly an honor to live out my childhood dreams in my home town. If I am not at work you find me spending time with my family, running, or shopping at Wegmans! I also enjoy Yoga and Pilates but I don’t have any time to go!