Dr. Jennifer Walden: the Model Working Mother

There are a lot of surgeons in Austin, Texas, but Dr. Jennifer Walden is a standout in her field. Dr. Walden is a highly-trained surgeon that knew where her passions lie even as a child.

The Beginning
Dr. Walden found herself drawn to surgery from an early age, and even had one teacher remark that she had the hands of a surgeon in 8th grade. This attraction to surgery seems understandable, given her parents’ own history in medicine.

Her mother was a surgical nurse and her father was a dentist, so Dr. Walden saw much of the day-to-day side of a life in medicine. Raised with the values of a surgeon and born with the natural talent, it was no surprise when Dr. Walden decided to pursue higher education.

Dr. Jennifer Walden received her bachelor’s in biology from the University of Texas, but did not stop her learning there. She decided to pursue her medical doctorate at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she graduated as the salutatorian.

After her receiving her education, Dr. Walden completed her residency in Texas. From there, she was offered and decided to pursue a fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York. During her eight-year stay in New York, Dr. Walden brushes shoulders with some of the most acclaimed plastic surgeons of modern time.

It was not until deciding that she wanted to become a mother that Dr. Walden returned to Texas, where she has continued to work as a plastic surgeon.

When asked why she chose to return to Texas, Dr. Walden responded that she was a single mother by choice and wanted her twin boys to grow up close to their family.

With two sons currently in pre-school, it would be an understatement to say that Dr. Walden is busy. To juggle the responsibilities of motherhood while also running her own practice, Dr. Walden relies on both her family as well as a full-time nanny and au pair.

Despite the struggles of day-to-day life, Dr. Walden is the picture of a working mother. Her responsibilities may take a good deal of planning and energy, but Dr. Walden is certainly an Austin, Texas success story.


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