Get To Know Dr. Jessica Miller
Before joining The Youth Clinic in 2017, Dr. Jessica Miller finished her pediatrics residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City after graduating from The University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora. Not only is she board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Miller is fluent in Spanish.
What would you say your specialty is?
I chose general pediatrics because it really is a little bit of everything. I think my specialty is listening to patients and their families to best understand and address their concerns.
Why did you choose your profession?
When I got to college I decided that I really liked science, people and making positive changes in the world. Through some trial and error, I eventually decided that being a doctor could be a nice combination of the three. In medical school, my pediatric rotations always felt right to me. I love that children grow and develop over time and that treating children means working with the whole family.
What is your favorite part about working at The Youth Clinic?
Like so many aspects of life, working at the Youth Clinic is great because of the people I get to be around. I am relatively new to the clinic and have been so impressed by the staff. Our nurses are especially fantastic and are able to run lactation, asthma and travel programs which are a great resource to our patients and their families.
What is one of your success stories?
I think my greatest successes have been when I am able to really connect with children and their families to motivate making changes that positively affect their health. I especially think about this when it comes to healthy lifestyle changes as I know that changing habits early on can make a difference for so many years to come.
What advice do you have for your patients/audience?
Enjoy childhood! One of the perks of pediatrics is the consistent reminder of how special it is to be a kid as well as how special it is to be a parent of a kid. There is a lot of hard work that happens for children and parents over the first 18 years. Remember to laugh, breathe and be present with the awesomeness that is unfolding.
You are one of the newest member of The Youth Clinic staff – how do you think that benefits your patients?
I think that being new to the office allows me to anticipate some of the things that new patients may need to learn about The Youth Clinic. I also think it allows me to share knowledge and perspectives gained from recent residency training and other practice settings.