Growing up in Denton, TX, most of Dr. Hayes' hobbies were in the arts. Her interests involved community theater, singing and dancing. But in middle school science she found a long-term fascination in medicine. She attended medical school with an open mind and in her third year she went the route of pediatrics because she enjoys getting to help children and their families.
Today she says, "Working with kids requires empathy and being a good listener. I love that I get to watch my patients grow up and help their parents navigate how to keep them healthy and thriving." Not surprisingly, when Dr. Hayes gave birth to her first son (she has two), she grew personally and professionally. "When I became a parent it all changed. I was trained to take care of patients, but there's no substitute for getting up in the middle of the night with a child or going to the store to test sippy cups," she says. "I feel like I can give better advice as well as empathize even more."
Dr. Hayes enjoys running, reading, binge watching shows on Netflix and spending time with family and friends. She especially likes running half marathons, and loves to hike in Colorado. She also likes Sci-Fi/Fantasy - especially Harry Potter, Star Wars and the Marvel super heroes. Another interest is the ocean. "For a while growing up I wanted to be an ichthyologist and study sharks."
"People describe me as dedicated. I work hard for my patient families, am dedicated to my own family and friends, doing whatever it takes to make sure everyone is happy and well."
"I especially love helping new mothers who are going through the wonderfully new and exciting experience of motherhood."
Dr. Hayes is kind and patient and a mom of young children herself. She’s empathetic and takes the time to listen. Her office is very good about getting back to parents through email or phone when you contact them with questions.- Alice, Fort Worth
She is amazing! She listens to my kids and my concerns. She takes time with you in the office, you feel as though you are the only patient she is seeing that day. Never in a rush and completely understanding to parents’ fears and concerns.- Carmen, Fort Worth
Dr. Hayes has taken care of our children for 6 years. She has excellent bedside manner and our kids love her. She has always taken any concerns we have about our children seriously and is great at explaining the why behind her practice for us. We recommend her to everyone.- Clayton, Burleson
Dr. Hayes is extremely kind and informative when it comes to any questions one may have. My kids enjoy going to the doctor because of her and with three kids under 5, that doesn’t come easy.- Elizabeth, Fort Worth
She takes time with her patients. She is funny and my kids love her.- Lisa, Fort Worth
Dr. Hayes is amazing when it comes to caring for her patients. She goes above and beyond to show how much she cares. When my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, Dr. Hayes went as far as visiting us at the hospital when we were admitted to show her love and support. She has also followed up with us in between appointments. We could not have chosen a better pediatrician for my kids.- Laura, Fort Worth