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Dr. Hansen's Journal

Why I Became a Pediatrician

I wasn’t always certain what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I’ve loved kids as long as I can remember. There’s something about their genuine curiosity and authentic, earnest nature that has always drawn me in and helped keep me grounded in the things that are truly important in life.

As a kid, I was obsessed with Anne of Green Gables and other books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Her heroines were strong women, many of whom were writers, and so that’s how I pictured myself contributing to the world. But in high school, I became more and more fascinated with science—particularly biology—and followed this passion down the path to medicine.

From day one, there was no question I’d work with kids. And yet I continue to feel more and more at home in pediatrics with each passing year. I really found my voice in the role when I had kids of my own. Before that, I had the medical knowledge to do my job well, but becoming a mother gave me a much deeper understanding of parenting and the challenges of raising healthy kids. It’s so much easier to connect with parents about sleep challenges and toilet training when you’ve lived through those adventures!

Of course, some of my favorite things about being a pediatrician are the moments with kids. But I also discovered that I really love connecting with parents. It’s as big a part of my job to talk through their concerns, to partner on treatment plans, and to give them clear guidance that makes parenting easier.

The community we feel here in North Attleboro has given our family plenty of confirmation we’re in the right place. The positive response and support from my patients, and their parents, buoyed our hopes and dreams for launching a family-run private pediatric practice. (My husband Adam will be running our office, and our dog Boma is even part of the team!)
The long-term relationships I’ve developed with families make all of the challenges worth it.

I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to grow as a doctor at Sturdy Pediatrics, and I particularly value my coworkers from that time. We’re bringing that same feeling of “family” over to everything we do at Peak Pediatric Care, and it’s a privilege to build our practice in the same community where we’ve chosen to raise our children. What a treat to run into patients in so many places around town—seeing the smiles and waves that remind me that we’re all in this together.

We welcome all families to join us, and let us partner with you on this crazy—and amazing—journey to raise healthy, confident kids.

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