I am a native Oregonian, having grown up in the Willamette Valley. I went in to medicine to help people live better lives and it is Pediatrics that captured my heart because of the great potential that each child has. Watching children of all ages, babies to teens, blossom is so delightful and uplifting.
About my practice
You will see me working with newborns and their families as a member of the newborn nursery hospitalist group and also treating children of all ages in the outpatient clinics. My approach with each patient care encounter is to learn from families and children what concerns them most, so that I can frame the visit within that perspective and offer useful reassurance, education, and treatments. I consider parents and teens as partners in clinical decision making. My aim is to facilitate an open, straight-forward conversation with my patients and their families.
How I thrive
Exercise is the most effective way I have found to improve my mood and motivate me. I dabble in lots of different ways to be get my heartbeat up and clear my mind - jogging, Zumba, tennis, or cardio kickboxing are the most common things I do. The other way I soothe my soul is to spend quality time with family and friends. My husband and I most enjoy hiking, snow skiing, camping, biking, and traveling together. My creative outlet is planning celebrations for the special people in my life, cooking, and shopping. I get the most satisfaction from my work when I feel I have made my patients and their families feel better physically or emotionally.