I am a native of Seattle but have lived on the East Coast and in Canada. I enjoy meeting people from all different backgrounds — this is one of the best parts of practicing medicine. While my husband and I have a lot of interests, we have put these on hold to spend our spare time with our son. We typically spend our vacations at the Oregon Coast or other places with beach access.
About my practice
In college, I decided I wanted to practice medicine so that I could help people try to solve challenging problems. My time practicing has taught me that medicine also involves accompanying people, kindly and respectfully, through transitions in their lives and through the process of aging. I also conduct research as an investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; doing this work allows me to think about medical practice and patient care in novel ways. My third role as a methodologist for the Kaiser Permanente National Guideline Program helps me understand how study results can guide medical practice.
How I thrive
Exercise is a longstanding commitment for me, and I have learned with time that doing some type of exercise each day, even if it is relatively light activity, is important for overall health. I am also fascinated with how to eat healthy food among the readily available choices that exist — that is to say, without having an organic farm in the backyard and without employing a vegan chef. I have learned, humbly, that the secret to weight maintenance is to eat no more than is needed (which is not much if you sit at a desk all day). I volunteer in various capacities in support of my son's schooling and athletic endeavors, and also volunteer for the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Physicians.