My office is open 3 days a week from 9am-3pm. I’m sure that, to some patients, that may seem inconvenient. They may wonder why I don’t have “normal” hours.

Let me explain.

My mom once told me that in order to be a good mom, you have to be a happy mom. My mom is never wrong. Just ask her.

I have adapted her words to my baby, my office. In order to be a good health care provider, I need to be happy. Happiness, to me, means being available to those I love. My dad passed away in August. He lived his life and was always looking towards the future. When he died, no one questioned his love for them because he showed he cared through his actions, every single day. He was present for his family. He never missed a game, a recital, or a play. When my family remembers me, I want them to remember me the same way.

Today, I spent time with my nephew and we made a Valentine’s Day box for his preschool party. Time well spent. (See picture)

And, tomorrow, when I go to work, I will empathize with, why hearing your grandson tell you about his day or listening to your granddaughter say “I do”, is so important because I know how fleeting time can be and I don’t want to miss an “I love you” either.

When I am at the office, I believe in treating every patient the way I would want my mom to be treated. My patients should consider themselves lucky because I really love my mom.