Influenza’s Grasp

This is a story of Influenza infection from almost a decade ago.

A Flu Shot Primer: Basic Answers To Common Questions

Influenza is the seventh leading cause of death in children under the age of 14 in the United States. Illness can be life-threatening. A flu vaccine is developed each year to keep up with the ever changing strains that are circulating.


The First Month of Life: A Precious Time

With the grand opening celebration of the Salmonberry Community Birth Center in a few days, families in Kitsap County will have more birthing options than ever before.


Picky Eaters

One of the most common questions a pediatrician can be asked is about picky eaters. I have given my “picky eater” talk at least once every day for the last two weeks, so I decided to make this the next topic to cover. Interestingly enough, this talk is the same for skinny kids as well as those who are overweight or obese (though I am not fond of that word.)


A few weeks ago, its was 6:30 am and I was playing tennis. One of the front desk staff came down, “There is a woman on the phone who said there is an emergency and they need your help.” I will be honest. I panicked a little. My husband was home sleeping as were my four children. Were they injured or in trouble? I raced up the stairs to grab the phone.

Medicine can wear down our hearts and souls. My journey as a pediatrician has been filled with many joyful and rewarding moments but some memories are haunting to me. Somehow, writing about these is cathartic. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts with me.


Immunizations are about TRUST and science.

I am going to confess that I am my children’s pediatrician. I have given them every vaccination they have ever had and probably would not trust another provider to do it. I endorse the vaccination schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics; I believe it is safe and prevents disease. I completed medical school and three years of pediatric training that helped shape this belief. I have seen death in children from polio, whooping cough, and pneumococcal meningitis.

Introduction MommyDoc

Welcome to MommyDoc. I am a mom of four and pediatrician who has been in practice for 15 years in the town in which I grew up.  I have always wanted to start a blog where moms, health providers, or anyone can come to read articles about various pediatric subjects.