Are you looking forward to working so closely with your husband?
“That’s a loaded question (laughs). We’ve actually worked together before in San Antonio and it was nice to meet for lunch and catch up. At our last hospital, we would occasionally share patients. (Dr. Juan Cabrera is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist). I would have patients with hip fractures or other injuries that required rehab afterward, and he would be their doctor. When they came in for a follow-up, they’d say, ‘Your husband is so great!’ They’d give him all these accolades, and I would show them the X-rays and say, ‘Look, I spent hours fixing your hip.’ But they would still give him most of the praise, and I’m OK with that. He is pretty great.”
What drew you to orthopedic surgery as a specialty?
“I played high school and club volleyball, and I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) right before nationals. That’s when all the recruiters show up. I was pretty devastated, and when I first met my orthopedist I didn’t want to believe his diagnosis. But after I had the surgery, I began to think, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I thought it would be amazing to help athletes get back to playing, and everyday folks back to functioning and playing with their kids.
What have been some of your most challenging surgeries?
“Revision shoulder surgeries are the most difficult cases. The original shoulder implant can be hard to remove, and the shoulder is a very complicated joint. But I like the challenge, and I enjoy helping my patients get back to full function.”
What other conditions will you treat at UT Southwestern Frisco?
“I’ll be doing ACL and meniscus injuries in the knee, and labral tearing or dislocations of the shoulder. A little bit of everything. We also have hand, elbow, foot, and ankle specialists, along with a doctor who has particular talents with ultrasound. We’ve got a good team lined up for Frisco. And that’s just in orthopedics. There is also general surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spine, and sports medicine as well. We will all work together.”