I left my hometown, Flint, Michigan to pursue college and adventure in Hawaii. After a circuitous journey which led me out of college, and a multitude of various jobs including an eight year career as an ambulance paramedic, I returned to college and medical school in Honolulu. After completing my training in Cleveland, I returned to practice in Hawaii, started my family, and was fortunate enough to open a new hospital in Waimea. After five years, our family moved to Oregon, and are happy we did!
About my practice
Being part of a large group with a varied but somewhat narrow practice in Honolulu, it was wonderful to become one of two members of the anesthesia department in a small yet well-staffed, rural hospital with great experience in inpatient, outpatient, GI, thoracic, general, OB/GYN, plastic, orthopedic, and ENT surgeries for both adult and children. Currently, I have a concentration in outpatient anesthesia which I find exciting and challenging, and allows me to also further my interests in pediatric and regional anesthesia.
How I thrive
I enjoy most sports, especially swimming and bicycling, and have recently begun triathlons. I have been the anesthesia coordinator for Kaiser Permanente Northwest's nationally acclaimed Community Surgery Day; our Ambulatory Surgery Center personnel and volunteer physicians provide otherwise unavailable care to uninsured local residents. My family and I are also volunteers at the Oregon Food Bank.