In 4th grade I took a summer school science class and from then on, I wanted to be a doctor. I worked with and volunteered in child-focused activities, so I chose pediatrics, and it was the best choice! Every day I love working with my patients and their grown-ups, and teaching them about their bodies and health. I believe the best care for a child is evidenced-based and team-based, with the patient, grown-up, and pediatrician as a team. Building relationships is one of the best parts of pediatrics, so I hope my patients see me as someone they trust, so when they grow into teenagers they have an additional adult to turn to during the rocky moments.
Dr. LaFreniere grew up in Kansas City and moved to Austin for her residency. She says she “loved the heat and decided to never leave!” When she is not working, Dr. LaFreniere loves being outdoors and being active, including golf, gardening, and visiting local nurseries to add to her plant collection. She and her sister are also on a mission to hike/visit every state park in Texas. Dr. LaFreniere also enjoys having family and friends visit, reading and visiting libraries on her bucket list, and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and K-State Wildcats! Among her favorite local spots are the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Austin Central Public Library.
Professional Positions and Honors
Dr. LaFreniere holds these memberships and honors:
- Member, Travis County Medical Society
- Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Karen Teel Award of Excellence during Pediatric Residency, University of Texas Dell Medical School, 2021
- International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 2021