Dr. McLaren trained in general pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta. She has been in Charlottesville for over 12 years and has worked at the Teen Health Center at UVA during that time. She has been fortunate to focus her time and energy on the care of the adolescent patients whom she loves. She's a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics in the UVA Children's Hospital. She also serves on the community-based obesity task force and has been active in pioneering programs that reduce obesity in childhood and adolescence. She also has a special interest in sports medicine that probably developed from the injuries her own children received during their years in competitive athletics. In her spare time she enjoys skiing in Colorado and spending time with her husband and three children (who have taught her so much about adolescents).