A native of Metairie, Louisiana, Dr. Friend received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She then earned her Medical Doctorate from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed her surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. It was during her orthopedic residency training that she took a keen interest in the upper extremity, particularly the hand and wrist. She obtained additional fellowship training in Hand, Wrist and Microvascular Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. During her residency and fellowship training, she published multiple articles in leading hand journals and was involved in various research projects.
Dr. Friend strives to treat each patient as a member of her own family. Whether it is returning to the golf course or returning to your job, holding your new grandchild or holding your tools at work, Dr. Friend understands how important your hands are in every part of your life. Her practice focuses on all aspects of treatment to the hand, wrist, and elbow in both adults and children. She believes in treating her patients with empathy and compassion to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.