Kaitlin in a Physician Assistant in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.
I work within the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and I spend the majority of my time within the Pediatric Catheterization Lab assisting with and performing procedures. I also provide backup for the pediatric PICC line service and assist with the training for placement of pediatric central lines. Finally, I get to spend one day a week in clinic performing consult and prescreen visits for patients with upcoming catheterization procedures. This is my first position at UIHC and I am coming up on being here for 3 years!
My family is made up of my wonderful husband Ben, who is a firefighter in Davenport, our energetic 9 month old, Charlotte, and our dog Andi.
We enjoy any time we are granted outside, whether that be spent working on our property or venturing to local festivals and markets. We try to find time to spend with our family and friends as often as possible. Finally, we love to travel even if that means a quick weekend trip to a new location within the Midwest.
I feel very fortunate to say that at this point in my life I have my “dream job”. I have the opportunity to help children and their families while working with the absolute best team. I am able to continue to grow my skillset and my scope of practice and I am challenged to learn and improve daily. There is no where else I would want to be.
Favorite trip? I spent a month in Africa living with a host family and working at a women’s clinic. It was the most eye opening experience and my favorite international trip. The people, the culture and the experiences were amazing. And, I got the opportunity to go on a safari which was unbelievable.
When it comes to favorite food, you cannot go wrong with good biscuits and gravy!
My favorite sports team will always be my alma mater, the Coe College Kohawks. But these days, I prefer watching the NFL.
Favorite book or movie? I have read too many good books to count. I guess I feel the same way about movies but if Matthew McConaughey is involved that always helps!
If I had 3 wishes, they would be: 1. More exposure and funding for congenital heart disease (probably sounds cliché but it is greatly needed). 2. Unlimited first class airline miles so I could travel the world in style. 3. World peace?!!
Fun fact: I spent my summers in high school and college running a detasseling crew and the best part was getting to drive a big 70 passenger school bus!