I am originally from Portland, completing medical school and residency at Oregon Health and Science University. After spending my first year of practice in Auckland, New Zealand, I am so grateful to have trained here, and am now able to stay in my favorite city on the planet.
About my practice
Emergency medicine is that fascinating and challenging blend of being able to see patients who need your help immediately, and take care of patients who need someone to listen to, or hear a kind word from. I appreciate both about this specialty. I also appreciate that we take care of all ages, male and female, from all walks of life. My time in New Zealand showed me what a coordinated, holistic health care system can do to boost the health of its members, so I chose Kaiser Permanente on my return. I am proud to be a Kaiser Permanente physician.
How I thrive
When I am not at work, I try to do things to keep my mind and body healthy. I love the outdoors and spend as much time there as possible. I have a conversion van and spend time off the grid, away from civilization when I can. I also practice mindfulness meditation as a means of stress relief, and to bring peace, joy, and compassion into my life and to my patients and loved ones. Yoga has been key in my journey as a physician in staying grounded and keeping my mind clear. Travel, food, skiing, music, and gardening are a few of my other passions.