At the young age of 6, Dr. Darlene Eckert already knew she wanted to become a pediatrician like her Uncle in Puerto Rico. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and then raised in Binghamton, New York. Dr. Eckert achieved this goal on an accelerated path through her acceptance into a six year BS/MD program directly out of high school.
After two years of undergraduate Honors work at Kent State University and then four years of medical school at North Eastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (during which she received multiple awards and accolades for excellence in pediatrics), Dr. Eckert accomplished her dream of becoming a pediatrician when she completed her pediatric internship and residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Eckert is a board-certified pediatrician who has practiced in Orlando since 2004, and ultimately owned her own private practice in Hunters Creek for eight years. Dr. Eckert received a Vitals "Patients' Choice Award" yearly from 2009-2017 due to her devotion to her patients and her willingness to go the extra mile for each and every one of them.
She is fluent in Spanish and is known for treating each child as her own, always going above and beyond to meet each patient’s health needs. Like her Uncle in Puerto Rico, she strongly believes in a team approach and in creating and maintaining a caring and productive relationship between her patients, their family members, other medical professionals, and herself. Her patients are a part of her extended family and are treated as such.
In her time away from the office, Dr. Eckert loves spending time with her adventurous husband Omar and her four beautiful and active children. She enjoys the outdoors - hiking, rafting, fishing, and riding her bicycle. She is also an avid and accomplished tennis and softball player, and she loves to play and coach these sports for her children as well. Dr. Eckert and her family have recently started learning and competing in Jiu Jitsu, which also literally keeps them on their toes! To balance out these athletic and active hobbies, Dr. Eckert enjoys reading fiction novels and crocheting extra-large blankets.