I am originally from Ohio. My mother (an X-ray technician) and grandmother (nurse) both trained at MetroGeneral (now MetroHealth) in Cleveland, where I also trained to be a family physician. My mother worked for Kaiser Permanente in Cleveland for more than 20 years, and I was a member of Kaiser Permanente growing up. I am so excited now to be part of this organization, caring for people in the Pacific Northwest. I moved to Oregon about 15 years ago with my family to make a life in this wonderful state. When I'm not working, I like to travel, cook, swim, ski, ride horses, run, cycle, and occasionally play the piano.
About my practice
Several dynamic attending physicians in my residency inspired me to practice full-spectrum family medicine. Now I enjoy caring for the entire family, from birthing infants to helping members when they are preparing to die. I would hope that every patient feels better when they leave our office than when they arrived. It is exciting to provide high-quality care to Kaiser Permanente members and also to support residents in their training--a journey that I find both personally and professionally rewarding. My patients have been such a great source of learning to me, and I know that they will continue to teach our students and residents.
How I thrive
I find that physical activity is a great way for me to transition from work to home. I enjoy setting fitness goals and enlisting friends, family, and co-workers to join me. My parents were both from Puerto Rico, and I enjoy spending time in tropical destinations--but other places too. Our family has traveled together to Tanzania, Greece, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Mexico, Thailand, Canada, and the Dalmatian Coast. As part of our experience, we enjoy reading, taking photos, and cooking to help us recreate and remember our adventures. Closer to home, I have been involved with The Portland Kitchen (TPK), an after-school program that teaches at-risk youth how to cook. They learn culinary skills--but many more life skills, as well. My family and I have enjoyed working with TPK from its inception to its maturity as a fully funded organization, and I am proud of the students who have gone through this program. I hope that many more Portland teens will benefit from it.