As a developmental pediatrician, Kushma Govindappa, M.D., especially loves working with children. “I feel privileged for the trust that kids I see place in me, enough to interact with me and talk to me about their challenges,” she says. “I feel that I am able to contribute and make positive changes for families. “Children have the capacity to be in the moment and enjoy small joys, despite their diagnoses. I want to follow in their footsteps and remember to have fun and enjoy the interactions with them along with the medical care.” Dr. Govindappa specializes in autism evaluation and other early childhood developmental delays plus anxiety disorders and ADHD among others. She considers her most important role is to “Be a partner with parents and families and the care team who work with me, to do the best for my patients.” Dr. Govindappa is grateful for the team approach to care at Providence Children’s Development Institute. “We are a team and every member plays a role towards caring for the families and children in our care. I am grateful for the support of everyone around me.” In high school, Dr. Govindappa spent time with her grandfather when he was sick in the hospital. She was inspired by the professionals who cared for him and decided to enter medicine herself. She has had a lifelong passion for children so she specialized in pediatrics. Dr. Govindappa was born in India and can speak three Indian languages. She and her husband have two children and love the outdoors. She is board certified in developmental behavioral pediatrics and general pediatrics.