Dr. Courtney Riley has joined Gifford’s Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine team in Randolph.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biomolecular Science with University Honors from Clarkson University, Riley had initially planned a career in medical research. But while pursuing an MD at New York Medical College, she quickly discovered that she wanted to be out of the lab and caring for patients—she especially loved working with children.
“I really looked forward to work each day during my pediatric clerkship. Even when I was not scheduled to work I would go back in on weekends to connect with a patient,” she said. “Kids have a way of brightening the day –I look at them and say ‘you’re the reason I’m here.’”
A Manchester, NH native, Riley completed her residency at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, where she was active in child advocacy and teaching about child health issues and cyberbullying.
After spending eight years in New York while in college, she fell in love with Vermont during her residency and only applied to small community hospitals in Vermont when she graduated. At Gifford she was attracted by the opportunities for community involvement and the way that staff seemed to care about their work and about each other. She joins Dr. Christina DiNicola, Dr. Joseph Pelletier, Dr. Louis DiNicola, and Physician Assistant Ellen Bando in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and she is currently accepting new patients.
When not working Riley paints, hikes, and has always loved to sing. She sang with the Bella Voce Women’s Chorus based in Essex Junction, VT, and performed with her medical school a cappella group in New York—in fact on the day she became a doctor, she sang with that group in New York City’s Carnegie Hall .