When I was 12, I started a babysitting business that expanded down my Los Angeles suburban block. I walked over when parents wanted a date night or needed to make a 5:30 pilates class, and I fell in love with watching children. This experience shaped the way that I have modeled my entire career path. I have always enjoyed spending time with children. After realizing that my Type A personality combined with a passion of exploring creativity and teaching children is valuable when watching youngsters, I decided to continue babysitting and nannying over the last twelve years.
I have worked with children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers and have enjoyed becoming a part of a family. Watching someone else's child is one of the most intimate and important jobs that one can experience. My longest run with a family was about seven years; I started when the youngest was just a couple of months old. I love that the hobbies, skills, and experiences we shared together helped shape his foundation. That is the most rewarding part of this experience for me! When working with children, I tend to create a rather structured environment while also leaving plenty of room for imagination and originality. This system has always proved successful especially when children are still in school and need time for tutoring or homework and an emphasis on academic work.
As a medical student I have consistently been asked: "What is your passion?" and although the obvious answer may be "Medicine, of course!" or "Learning new and integrative ways to expand research in the medical community!", for me the answer has always been clear: "Children". It really is that simple. I love children, not biology. I have learned to love science in the process of finding an effective way to help children. That has been the driving force behind my career path and until I am finished with my residency, I hope to continue working, influencing, and becoming a part of children's lives.