Provider Spotlight – Dr. Jessica Miller

Dr. Jessica Miller graduated from The University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora before finishing her pediatrics residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She practiced in Grand Junction prior to joining the Youth Clinic in 2017. She is board certified in Pediatrics, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and fluent in Spanish.

In her free time, Dr. Miller enjoys biking, climbing, global health work, art and gardening.

What is your favorite outdoor activity to do in Colorado and why?

Mountain Biking! We have such amazing mountains, red rock & foothill trails here in Colorado. This also allows me to make sure my knees remain in a continually “skinned up” state.

Do you have any pets, how many and what are their names?

One dog – Beans. He is an Australian Shepherd who can jump as high as my head!

Are you from Colorado? If not, where did you grow up? What is your favorite thing about where you grew up?

I grew up in Aurora, CO. My favorite thing about where I grew up was long runs through Cherry Creek Reservoir and its surroundings with my high school cross country team. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Colorado?

Bin 707 Foodbar in Grand Junction, CO. Farm to table, great salmon, burgers & vegetarian fare —— and a fabulous staff.

If you could have lunch with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Rosalind Franklin – a female scientist under-recognized in her time who made important contributions. I would love to learn to about her life and thank her for her work.

Why did you choose your profession?

I think that I always had being a doctor in the back of my mind when I was a child growing up. When I got to college I decided that I really liked science, and 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.