I'm originally from Oregon but went to college on the East Coast before spending a few formative years in New York City working in the art world. Ultimately, this was not the right fit for me, so I went back to school to study medicine--the best decision I ever made. I love authentic connection with people, the complexity of internal medicine, and how science and social forces interact. I feel comfortable managing chronic diseases but also enjoy coaching on wellness and prevention.
About my practice
I joined Northwest Permanente directly out of residency nearly 20 years ago and have never looked back. The incredible support I receive from my colleagues in various specialties allows me to focus solely on medicine. I love the relationships that I have with my members--many of whom have been with me from the very beginning. I still work in the hospital to keep up my skills and also have been privileged to serve in assorted administrative capacities within the organization.
How I thrive
Most of my spare time is taken up by my horse with whom I compete in three-day events. My daughter and I did this together until she went off to college (and now I'm trying to get her to come back by bribing her with horses). Time in the country and time with my horse buddy are incredible stress relievers, and competition provides the focus and adrenaline that I seem to thrive on. I also love to garden and obsessively tend my dozens of roses (which are technically weeds--at least here in Oregon).