Dr. Sobik started her career in research as a medical student when she was selected for the Honors in Research Program, which allowed her a dedicated summer as a student research assistant at Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC). Her interest at that time was mainly in general pediatrics, but after working at the ACNC, she became drawn to maternal health and its impact on infant nutrition. This opportunity allowed Dr. Sobik to experience a network of scientific collaboration along with a better understanding of the clinical impact of research. Throughout her residency training, Dr. Sobik became more interested in the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the infant.
She now works as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics on track to become a clinical educator. Dr. Sobik’s efforts in the department are as both a dedicated clinician and as a committed researcher focusing on human milk, maternal health, and infant nutrition. In the last two years, her knowledge and training on breastfeeding and human milk has increased and led her to seek additional training to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). These achievements have allowed Dr. Sobik to expand her clinical practice and research to breastfeeding medicine. Dr. Sobik is currently the only general pediatrician at Arkansas Children’s that provides exclusive lactation support and breastfeeding appointments in the primary care clinics.
Her areas of research interest revolve around improving the health of the maternal-infant dyad through prenatal and postnatal lactation support. Dr. Sobik’s current study is focused on improving rates and duration of exclusive breastfeeding in the growing Hispanic population in central Arkansas.
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