Kids are just plain fun! That’s why I became a pediatrician. Well, that, and I love to see people succeed. It’s incredibly rewarding to help a parent or child overcome a struggle such as a disease, a behavior problem or even a breastfeeding obstacle. I wanted a field where I could make a big and lasting difference with families, have fun doing my job and have time for my own family – and I found that as a pediatrician.
I am a mom of two myself; Sophie and Jack are 5 and 8, and the hardest part about being a doctor is spending time away from them. I am recently divorced, and am navigating the same obstacles many parents face as they renew their own definitions of family. When I’m not at work, I soak up every minute I have with my kids, and advise my patients’ parents to do the same. I also remind them – and myself: It takes a village to raise a child. Lean on your friends, family and pediatrician! Not a one of us is alone, and chances are good another mom or dad has asked the same question you are struggling with.
Kristen Bruno, MD, is a pediatrician with Purely Pediatrics, a Washington University Clinical Associates practice located in the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Clinic. She received her medical degree and completed training at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. For inquiries and appointments, call 314-454-5500.