For the love of people and science - that's why Dr. Murdick went into medicine. Though, she could have easily ended up in a different specialty. She liked family medicine, but young patients were by far her favorite. Surgery was interesting, but playing with kids in the recovery room was the best part! And anesthesia was okay too, but interacting with kids beforehand was the highlight. You may be sensing a theme here and so was Dr. Murdick! That's why she ultimately chose pediatrics - she simply loves being around kids! Speaking of things she loves, Dr. Murdick also has a fondness for sports of all kinds. Athletic passion and personal experience recovering from sports-related injuries led her to pursue a fellowship and Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. As a freshman in high school, Dr. Murdick tore her ACL (the first of four injuries of this kind). Aware of her interest in medicine, her orthopedic surgeon set up a monitor so she could watch the surgery as it was being performed! She was fascinated by the entire process, and now she's happily helping athletes both little and big feel better every day! If you ask Dr. Murdick why she loves being a pediatrician, she'll respond, "Can you name another job where you get to laugh and joke all day long?" She'll also tell you that seeing babies smile at you is the best thing ever! And who can argue with that? Dr. Murdick especially enjoys forming relationships with people and becoming part of the family! One of her proudest doctor moments was learning Haitian Creole to communicate with a patient from Haiti who didn't have family present in the hospital. And as a pediatrician who specializes in sports medicine, her passion for sports lives on through each one of her little athletes. Outside of work, Dr. Murdick stays busy chasing her active, agile preschooler and docile Great Dane, Samson. She enjoys biking, bikram yoga, exploring new places, and sampling new cuisines (she once ate pig intestine). She is freakishly good at remembering birthdays, a fierce slapjack competitor, and a former state record holder for shooting free throws.