I grew up one of eleven children in Illinois and knew from an early age I wanted to be a “baby doctor”. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame , I was accepted to the University of Illinois School of Medicine. My dream job then started when I started my pediatric residency at Oakland Children’s Hospital in Northern California. I left there with a pediatric career, a husband and 2 baby boys. After 2 years on Guam, we settled in Pensacola, Florida, had our beautiful daughter, and I started my now 28 year career as a pediatrician with a focus on children with special needs. It was in Pensacola that our oldest son, Patrick, was diagnosed with autism. He is now 27 years old and has been my greatest teacher , introducing me to a world I am now immersed in on a daily basis as a mother and a doctor.
#B4-4 Autism: The Mom/Doctor Experience The relationship between a doctor and patient should be a sacred one. Trust is the cornerstone of this bond. As a pediatrician, I strive to create relationships with my families that are solid and life-long. As the mother of an adult son with autism, I am keenly aware of […]