NPR, Wes Montgomery, Santana, Miles Davis
Husband of 29 years and 2 children both in college
The Muppet Movie
Delivering tulip bulbs to the neighbors
Deciding to pursue a doctorate degree at 28 years old while being a wife and mother
A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines
Gardening, bicycling, running, reading, eatingJ, being with family and friends, Timber Soccer games
EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Kalamazoo, Michigan. My parents immigrated from the Netherlands as teenagers, so I am a first generation US citizen.
As a pediatrician for the last 15 years each day continues to inspire. I enjoy the unique personalities of all the children, for example after a 5 year old patient heard she was going to receive her kindergarten vaccinations, she burst into a happy jig “let’s get this party started,” and the next 5 year old stated “no way, those hurt”. The diversity of illness, families and children make each interaction exciting.
I find joy in promoting healthy lifestyles, providing medical care, counsel and creating a clinic which serves as a medical home. On a recent visit a 4 year stated after the visit “I want to go back to the living room where the fishes are.” I enjoy staying updated on medical diagnosis and management and I also feel strongly about being an advocate for children and families who require specialized care.
Yes. I love being a pediatrician and plan on continuing to practice at The Children’s Clinic for many years to come.