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As a pediatric nurse practitioner, Cecilia Avalos, PNP, cares for every patient as if they were family. Leveraging her meticulous attention to detail, Cecilia meets her patients' diverse needs as they grow from infants into young adults. Working with children can be challenging, but it's also extremely fun -- and funny," says Cecilia.She started her medical career as a nurse, drawn to the diversity of the work. Serving children also appealed to her. "Pediatrics was my favorite rotation during nursing school," she remembers. Cecilia credits her time as a bedside nurse with helping her become a better provider. "Children are so vulnerable; I just want to help them," she says.Knowing she chose a demanding career, Cecilia appreciates the reputation, recognition and continual efforts to improve that Phoenix Children's brings to patient care. "It's a career I love and am extremely proud of," she says. In her free time, Cecilia turns her focus to self-improvement. She's relearning the violin. And as a language lover already fluent in Spanish, Cecilia also studies French, with plans to learn Italian and Portuguese."