Where Does the Story Begin for A Doctor?

It is different for every one of us. What do you call the person who graduates last in their class from medical school?  A Medical Doctor.

PANDAS: The Infection

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS) remains controversial in medical circles. A family requested an article about this condition, so I am sharing a story and following up with information.

Garrett and the Importance of the Patient-Physician Relationship


When Can I Introduce Solid Foods?

Based on statistics in my practice, 85% of my patients are nursing with more than 50% making it to 12 months. My solid food recommendations are usually tailored to nursing mothers, but can apply to every baby.

Pneumonia’s Ominous Rattle

I saw two cases of bacterial pneumonia this week and thought it would be worthwhile to share a story and follow up with information and advice. Last winter, my worst pneumonia case involved a school-aged girl whose mother is a very close friend of mine. First off, I would like to mention, she rarely calls me with medical questions; sometimes, I wish she would call me a little more often, especially that particular Sunday night.

A Good Night's Sleep

As a pediatrician, the most common question asked by parents is “How can I get my baby to sleep through the night?" After 15 years in practice and my own experiences as a mom of four, I will share some insight.

Lessons in Compassion From My Oldest Son

As a parent, we all struggle with whether or not we are good enough. I am not certain there is a “right” or wrong way to raise a child. We strive to raise them perfectly, but each of us has to find our “own” way over time with experience. Setting children up for success in adulthood should probably be emphasized.

If Amoxicillin Liquid was Crack Cocaine.

I would be totally, completely, and hopelessly addicted. Many of you know I have been up in Alaska this week interviewing medical school applicants for the University of Washington School of Medicine and I find myself reflecting on my reasons for wanting to become a physician. I think it had something to do with a tour of our local hospital when I was five.


The numbers are staggering. One child in 68 goes on to develop this disease; it is more common in boys. We do not know the cause and progress is slow. The largest misperception about autism is it is NOT a behavior problem. It is not something a parent has done wrong; there is no one to blame or judge.

My Letter to Every First Time Mother

I wish my parents could read this before walking through my door with their newborn infant.