BENNINGTON - SVMC Pediatrics and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physician Group will welcome Dr. Meghan E. Gunn this August. Dr. Gunn is excited to return to her Vermont roots, as both she and her husband are originally from Rutland.

"Our parents still live in Rutland," said Dr. Gunn, "and my husband and I always knew we would like to return to Vermont. Now that our own son is six months old, we're very pleased to be closer to family and to have him grow up in Vermont as well."

For Dr. Gunn, becoming a physician was something she had in the back of her mind since she was very young. Her father had an influence on her eventual decision to become a doctor in several ways.

"My father was an emergency room physician so I was around medicine and hospitals since a very young age.

Meghan E. Gunn, MD
Meghan E. Gunn, MD
However, what finally motivated me to choose this path was when my father became very ill with a brain tumor."

Having a family member that was ill was an intense learning experience that continues to influence Dr. Gunn's treatment philosophy as a medical provider.

"I became very interested in not only the science of medicine but also the emotional side," she said. "I learned that it is critical to take care of patients not only physically, but also with a focus on their social and emotional well-being. I also learned that you need to take care of not only the patient, but the entire family."

Dr. Gunn received her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. She chose to pursue pediatric medicine because she enjoys the connection she can make with children and their families.

"I always imagined that I would work with children in some capacity but I took an open-minded approach in medical school regarding what I would specialize in. I enjoyed many specialties, but truly loved pediatrics. It is very fulfilling to be able to be a positive influence on children at such a critical period in their lives. I also enjoy being able to work with their families. I learn from all of them.

"One of the biggest rewards for me as a pediatrician is being able to follow children and families over long periods of time. I get to watch and take part in their growth and development."

Dr. Gunn has special interests in working with newborns, lactation support, teen sexual health, and injury prevention. She looks forward to joining the team at SVMC Pediatrics.

"Everyone I met when I came to SVMC was extremely friendly and made me feel right at home. I look forward to working with Emily Rice and Drs. Luloff, Mann, and Thwing."

Dr. Gunn is looking forward to returning to Vermont and spending time with her family. Her husband, Greg, is an elementary special education teacher. "I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 6-month-old son, James. We like going for walks and exploring new places. I also enjoy cooking and reading and hope to get back into skiing this year."

Dr. Gunn's office will be in the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Dr. in Bennington, Suite 210. To make an appointment with her, call (802) 447-3930.