I grew up outside of Chicago, where I started piano lessons as a young child. Piano soon became my passion so that by high school, I was accompanying the school orchestra, chorus, and musicals. After going to medical school, completing a residency and fellowship, moving to Central Maine, opening a medical practice, and starting a family, I finally had time to reengage with my music. In 1990, I was accepted into the private studios of the piano faculty at Colby College, where I continue lessons to this day, both for personal growth and to hone my teaching skills. Although I do not have a formal music degree (I figured my BA, MA, and MD degrees were enough), the music classes I attended at Colby and the University of Southern Maine plus my teaching experience enabled me to receive recognition as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association (mtna.org), a certification I have held since 2014.
My private studio, Kennebec Piano Studio in Oakland, Maine, was started in 2007 to provide piano lessons to students ages 6 to adult. I am also affiliated with Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney and was the piano teacher at Kennebec Montessori School for five years. My students have performed in regional and statewide festivals and competitions. My current and former students have won first place at the statewide Pine Tree Competition.
I am active in state and local music associations and am currently on the executive boards of both the Maine Music Teachers Association and the Central Maine Music Teachers Association. I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association, through which I hold my national certification as a teacher of music in piano.