Dr Debra Koenig Cantor received her undergraduate degree from Touro College in Manhattan and her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. She completed a rotating internship at the Atlantic City Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before completing her residency at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998. She was an associate member of one of Richmond’s largest pediatric practices in Richmond’s West End for six-and-a-half years. Her extensive background in pediatrics and infectious enthusiasm for the care of children make Dr. Cantor one of our most valued partners in the Swift Creek Pediatrics family.
Dr. Cantor’s interest in assisting first-time parents with the mysteries of normal newborn care is well known in the community. She is a frequent instructor of parenting and baby-care classes in some of Richmond’s finest hospitals. Many of her current patients are from parents who attended one of her classes.
Dr. Cantor’s personal experience as a mother lends credibility to her professional advice. She and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of four children, including a set of twin boys. She says, “One of the greatest benefits of being a pediatrician is the chance I have to observe children and their parents grow and develop over time. It is so fulfilling to be a part of this development process.” During her years in private practice, she has had the opportunity to learn that there is more to being an effective pediatrician than what one learns during medical school and residency. “It is wonderful to share in the joy of a newborn’s arrival, to celebrate the developmental milestones and to educate and reassure families during times of illness” she says. “I enjoy caring for children of all ages, realizing that the act of parenting is by far the most important and rewarding, yet challenging, role we play in life.”