In this new regular feature, we’re shining a spotlight on Renown pediatricians, giving you insights into what makes them tick — as well as what would surprise you about them! Here’s our first installment, a Q&A with Lauren Sandefur, MD.
You’re on the hunt for a pediatrician. And as a concerned parent, you want to know: What’s their specialty, why do they do what they do, and can they play the violin? Ok, that last question may not be on the list, but you’ll likely want to learn something interesting about their personal lives as well.
To that end, here is a Q&A with pediatrician Dr. Lauren Sandefur. (Spoiler alert: She CAN play the violin!)
Meet the Pediatrician: Dr. Lauren Sandefur
- What attracted you to the specialty of pediatrics?
The kids! They are the most enjoyable patients. It is such a joy to care for children and their families from infancy through toddlerhood, school years and adolescence.
- What did you do before joining the Renown pediatrics team, and what made you decide to move to Reno?
Before joining Renown, I worked as a pediatrician in a small clinic in Lusaka, Zambia. I grew up in the Sierra and decided to move to Reno to be back near family and the beautiful great outdoors that we enjoy here.
- What is your childcare philosophy?
My philosophy includes the need for a good partnership with your child’s doctor. It’s very important to find a pediatrician with whom you can have a positive and trusting relationship. Proper preventive care and good nutrition can set a child up to lead a healthy adult life.
- Tell us about a memorable patient moment.
I cared for an anxious, shy toddler who was not excited about visiting the doctor’s office. By the end of the visit, we had read a book, played with stickers, and exchanged high fives and smiles.
- Do you have children? If so, what perspective does it give you?
I do not yet have children, but I am lucky to have four beautiful nieces. Watching them grow and develop has made the struggles and joys of childhood and parenthood more real.
- What’s the best part of your working day?
Seeing a worried and anxious parent feel reassured when their child’s health needs are met.
- What do you do for fun on your time off?
I love to run, hike, cook, read all kinds of books, and play with my cats.
- What are you really good at that may surprise people?
Playing the violin.
- Anything else you want your patient to know?
I’m accepting new patients, and would love to meet you!