Dr. Watkins graduated magna cum laude from Kansas State University with bachelor’s degree in biology, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, where she was active on the Resident Quality Council and the Blank Children’s Hospital Death Review Committee.Dr. Watkins is a Board Certified pediatrician, and in addition, is a certified instructor in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, a simulation-based training program to prepare medical providers to meet crisis situations in the delivery room or newborn nursery; Pediatric Advanced Life Support, training physicians, nurses, paramedics in the treatment of seriously ill or injured infants and children; Advanced Cardiac Life Support and S.T.A.B.L.E., a neonatal education program focused exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants.
During both medical school and her residency, Dr. Watkins volunteered at several clinics serving low income patients. While at the KU School of Medicine, Dr. Watkins participated in research on breastfeeding practices, and was a co-presenter of the results at an American Academy of Pediatrics convention.
As a resident, Dr. Watkins felt that medical education was important, and she gave numerous presentations and lectures on a variety of topics to both colleagues and students. She also worked with a diverse medical team on quality of care improvement projects, specifically for safe prescription writing and improving the delivery of asthma education to families.
Dr. Watkins is married and has two sons.
Philosophy of Practice – “Pediatric care requires the energies of the health care team, especially the family.”
Dr. Watkins enjoys taking care of children with chronic medical conditions, working to make them as active and functional within their family and environment as possible, as well as providing support for new and growing families through minor or catastrophic health events.
When her patients need a specialist to help coordinate their care, Dr. Watkins is committed to finding the right specialist as close to home as possible, to make sure her patients’ needs are met. Making sure that these referrals are completed efficiently is important to Dr. Watkins.
As a parent, Dr. Watkins appreciates the concerns new parents have. She seeks to teach and reassure parents when they have a new baby, a chronic health problem, or face new challenges. She works to provide a medical home as part of a team of medical providers that know the needs of your child, and helps to coordinate efficient and effective health care.