Dr. Kristina Pakiz grew up in a small town in Nebraska. She has three brothers who are all electrical engineers, so when she announced to her family that she was going to become a doctor in the seventh grade, they were quite surprised.

Throughout high school and college, Dr. Pakiz had several volunteer and research experiences, and she continually ended up in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The summer before she started medical school, she was a research assistant at the Saint Paul VI Institute.

Dr. Pakiz had a four-year residency at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, and then returned to the Institute to participate in our Fellowship Program in 2009. She has been with us for a total of ten years, during which time she has continued to gain additional surgical experience learning microsurgery and developing skills using the Da Vinci Robot. She is also now a wife and mother of four beautiful children.