I was born into a large family that loved adventure and cooking. I attended University of California at Riverside, studied mathematics, and participated in the cross country team. Starting the long road to a career in medicine, I worked as a nurse's aide at a hospital in Southern California, then volunteered at a youth home in Mexico. I completed medical school in Arizona, and residency in Corvallis, Oregon. I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I moved to Portland. I trained in internal medicine and chose primary care because I enjoy building long-lasting relationships with members.
About my practice
As a primary care physician, my goal is to help patients make healthy choices, and guide them through the treatment process when chronic illnesses develop. I encourage my patients to take an active role in their own well-being. I emphasize nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. It is important to me to have open and honest relationships with members, so I can understand their motivations and the factors that might affect their health.
How I thrive
I nourish my own health with regular physical activity, a whole food diet, and spending quality time with family and friends. To keep active, I enjoy running, yoga, backpacking, and taking long walks with my husband and dog. To relax, I like reading, making art, and especially growing and cooking my own food. I am always searching for new books and radio stories to introduce new ideas into my life. I love to learn and explore.