The OhioHealth sports medicine physician is a newcomer to the list.
What drew you to the Columbus region?
I completed my training in Toledo, where I met my husband. We then moved to Oklahoma, where I worked as a team physician with the University of Oklahoma for over six years. My husband’s job then took us to Madison, Wisconsin, where I worked with the University of Wisconsin for over a year. As our children began getting older, it became apparent we needed to return home to Ohio. We always talked about Columbus being our choice once we moved back. I am from the Cleveland area, and my husband is from Marion.
What’s the most common injury you’re seeing among athletes?
The majority of what we see is overuse injuries. In this day and in this community, children are playing year-round, on multiple teams, and are often single-sport athletes. We provide a lot of education and teach young athletes how to prevent injuries.
What advice do you find yourself giving the most?
For my athletes, I discuss injury prevention early and often. It is an imperative focus that really makes a difference—although you may never know, since they don’t get injured! Nutrition is another key area of focus. I talk to my athletes and non-athletes alike about nutrition: Sometimes it is about weight loss, other times about performance. I am currently completing training in functional medicine, which lends itself well to my sports medicine and nutrition focus.
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