Dr. Becky Shwartz was born and raised in Connecticut, and studied biology and public health at Brandeis University, followed by medical school at Tufts University in Boston. She completed my residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital in 2015 and has remained in western Washington as a community pediatrician at Renton Pediatric Associates in Renton. She is in charge of the clinic’s Reach Out and Read Chapter, which she started in 2016, and serves on the WCAAP’s Early Childhood Committee.
Outside the clinic, Dr. Shwartz serves on the Puget Sound Educational Service District Health Services Advisory Committee as a community advisor and has been a volunteer for Special Olympics since her teen years. “My youngest sister had severe epilepsy when we were growing up, so she competed in Special Olympics as an athlete while my other sister and I coached and competed alongside her as unified partners,” says Dr. Shwartz. “My family’s experiences with the healthcare system have also helped me in my professional career to relate to families who have children with special healthcare needs.”
Dr. Shwartz’s professional interests include developmental behavioral pediatrics and preventative medicine. She enjoys advocating for children with special healthcare needs and working to improve access to Early Intervention and special education services within King County.
“What I most enjoy about WCAAP is having the opportunity to connect with fellow members who are equally passionate about similar issues,” says Dr. Shwartz. “I love learning about projects that other members are working on and ways they are getting creative to improve children’s health.”
In her free time, Dr. Shwartz can be found somewhere on a mountain skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, road or mountain biking, hiking, and/or trail running. She is often the ringleader when it comes to planning group adventures and loves board games and trivia!