How it began I started Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents in 1982. I was the first pediatrician in all of Douglas County, as there wasn't another pediatric practice in Parker for almost 20 years. I …
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How it began
I started Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents in 1982. I was the first pediatrician in all of Douglas County, as there wasn't another pediatric practice in Parker for almost 20 years. I opened my office there because there was not a pediatrician anywhere south of Hampden Avenue. It seemed like a good opportunity to serve an area that was underserved. Little did I know how Parker would grow. Our office grew too and we remain the largest pediatric practice in the county.
When I started in 1982, there was only one fast food establishment (Dairy Queen), one market (Hill's) one drugstore (Parker Drug), no high school, no hospital, and no urgent cares.
I grew up in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, then the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and Graduate School of Public Health.
Memories and accolades
There are so many wonderful memories from working at Parker Pediatrics. Seeing the practice and Parker grow has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to see tens of thousands of children, including many second generation ones.
Over the years I have had numerous accomplishments. Besides being the first pediatrician in the county, our office took pride in being ahead of the curve. We had a well and acute side before it was popular. We accepted Medicaid when no one else in the area would. We integrated mental health in our practice and were one of the leaders in the country in that area. We were involved in Parker Days for many years, including running the Children's Fun Festival in the `80s and `90s.
Personally, I was the first president of the medical staff at Parker Adventist Hospital, served on their board of directors for nine years, received their humanitarian award and was their first physician to become an emeritus physician.
I taught students for many years and was appointed Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical School. In addition, I received the prestigious Career Teaching Scholars award from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical School.
I have been invited as a speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting the past five years, the largest pediatric meeting in the world.
I was team physician at Ponderosa High School in their early days, advisor to the Douglas County schools for many years and spoke at numerous events at schools, daycares and community events.
Finally, I authored a book, “Cute Kidbits: Funny Conversations Kids Share With Their Pediatrician.”
During retirement I plan of doing a lot of golfing and skiing, as well as traveling. I also enjoy many outdoor activities. With COVID, it has been difficult to plan trips yet, but soon. My wish list would include attending The Masters, The Kentucky Derby and all of the major league baseball stadiums. I am also waiting for my first hole in one. In addition, I may do volunteer work.
Little known facts
I appeared on the television show “The Doctors” a few years ago. I served as a pediatric expert on one episode.
Also, I have a Masters in Epidemiology, so was frequently asked advice during the pandemic.
Finally, I'm proud that our office only had to close one day in the last 39 years due to snow. We're Parker pioneers.
I want to thank all of those families who supported me and gave me the honor of caring for their children. I also wish to thank all of my coworkers, without whom I could not have accomplished all of what I did. It has been a special journey watching both Parker and my patients grow and mature.
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