Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I was happy to be able to return to Oregon to establish my practice in pediatrics. I am from a large family and now enjoy raising my school-age daughters with my husband. I have worked in healthcare since I was in high school and knew from the beginning that healthcare was the right choice for me. During medical school, my pediatrics experience was with the Kaiser Permanente pediatrics team at Doernbecher Hospital, and that was when I knew that pediatrics was my specialty, and Kaiser Permanente Northwest would likely be the organization I chose for my practice. I was impressed with their use of the electronic medical record, even back then.
About my practice
I see myself as a member of your child's healthcare team and prefer to involve all members of the team in making decisions. The "team" typically includes the child and the parents, although it may include others such as consultants, specialists, or other family members. I see my role as being someone who should make recommendations, as well as educate about options and why I recommend what I do. I feel prevention is key in staying healthy and this starts from before birth.
How I thrive
My family and I enjoy staying active with walking our dog, running, cycling, and watching my daughters play soccer, ride horses, and take part in things like school band and theater. We believe it is important to be an active participant in the community whether it is with volunteering, coaching, or neighborhood events. We also enjoy spending time at the Oregon Coast and some traveling.