I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I thought it represented a great combination of fixing things and communicating with people from all walks of life. I like the hands-on aspect of being a surgeon and enjoy getting to know my patients from ages 0-100. Also my dad told me that girls can do whatever they want in our country if they work hard enough so I never felt limited being interested in a mostly male field.

What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?

Making a diagnosis, coming up with a plan with my patient, fixing a problem and seeing my patient return to the things they care about.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play golf, tap dance, and watch Stanford football. I have 2 college kids, a physician husband, 2 dogs, a house in the woods and a huge extended and very Southern family. It’s a busy life!

In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?

I am in charge of our group’s charitable foundation, whose mission is to promote active lifestyles among people of all ages and abilities. We build all-accessible playgrounds (now on #12) all over Atlanta and work with other mobility-oriented organizations.

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