I first came to Kaiser Permanente as a patient when I was expecting — and later gave birth to — my daughter. I was so impressed with my care that I decided to join Northwest Permanente a few years later as a physician. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a doctor but pursued other life adventures prior to entering medical school. I was raised in a rural part of Alabama and spent much of my childhood on horseback, helping my dad with his cattle ranch. After college and some years working in social services in Alaska, I attended the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and completed my family medicine residency in Tacoma. I have practiced medicine in a variety of rural and urban settings in Alaska, Washington, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, and Oregon. I worked at a medical start-up, in academic settings, in private practice, in community medicine — and I even owned my own practice for a few years. Having sampled these various practice models as a physician (and as a patient), I'm thrilled to be a part of Northwest Permanente.
About my practice
I love being a family physician. It allows me to provide care for entire families and to build long-term relationships with my patients. I strive to make each visit meaningful by listening intently and collaborating with patients. My goal always is to consider the individual patient's need and to work towards a care plan that will honor the body's innate ability to heal and that will lead to long-term health and vitality. I perform a variety of office-based procedures including injections, biopsies, and IUD insertions. Additionally, I have family medicine fellowship training in pediatrics, women's care, and pregnancy care.
How I thrive
I enjoy biking, gardening, hiking, and spending time with my family in the outdoors.