I was born and raised in Michigan, where I attended the University of Michigan for college and Wayne State University for medical school. I come from a large family with three brothers and a sister spread over 15 years--and across two continents! Now I enjoy traveling to visit my nieces and nephew in Tanzania, where my brother and his family reside. I completed my residency in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico Hospital and remained in Alburquerque for three additional years to practice at the New Mexico Cancer Center, where I was the sole hospitalist--a physician who sees only hospitalized members. I moved to Portland from there and enjoy living here very much.
About my practice
Being in the hospital is a frightening time for most members. As a hospitalist, I see myself as someone who can help make the experience a little less scary. My primary goals are to understand what your main concerns are, make sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment plan, and ensure open lines of communication among everyone involved in your care. Listening is an integral part of communication, and I promise to listen to you and be an advocate for you to receive the best care possible.
How I thrive
I feel rejuvenated by being outdoors. My husband and I spend our free time rock-climbing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and enjoying nature. I also enjoy traveling and have been to more than 20 countries. Everywhere I go, I learn something new while also renewing my appreciation of home!