A Native Oregonian, I was born in Ontario and grew up in the Willamette Valley. During my third year at Oregon State University, I made the decision to become a physician. At the time, I was getting my degree in nutrition and volunteering at a medical clinic in Albany, Oregon. I quickly grew excited about a career that would allow me to interact with people on a daily basis while simultaneously using the science side of my brain. In my journey to become a physician I worked and studied abroad in Central America and Mexico, worked at a homeless shelter, and spent a year of direct care-giving at a nursing home. Each experience prepared me to see life from another person's shoes and continues to affect how I practice today.
About my practice
I enjoy providing care to families, individuals, and children. I believe getting to know your family as a whole and what makes you unique allows me to better focus on prevention and quality of life. Early on, we might talk about breastfeeding, starting food, or vaccinations. With my teenage patients, I try to assist the transition from parent-driven health decisions to good self-driven decisions that will carry on to adulthood. Oftentimes this means letting a teenager tell the story instead of the parent. In adults we tailor care to each person who walks in the door. I treat chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure with the same goals - quality of life and preventive care. While these things can be scary, we have great ways to make you feel better and healthier. In senior citizen patients, individualized care is even more important whether we are treating arthritis to improve activity or discontinuing a medication that causes a side effect. I want to be available to listen and help you have a clear understanding your health and treatments. I will be available to help you manage in times of bad news and also be there to help you celebrate your successes.
How I thrive
I thrive by being around good people, including my family and friends. Laughing, sharing meals, and the little things are the most important to me. These days my cardiac exercise involves stroller walks on the Portland Eastside with some serious weightlifting (moving a toddler). I enjoy kayaking, camping, and hiking in the beautiful northwest summers and will be hoping to get back to doing more of those things as my child gets older. Fresh fruit and vegetables are great and my husband and I have decided to try growing several dwarf fruit trees. Of course, I also like chocolate!