I grew up in Texas and attended medical school in Houston. I completed my medical training in Atlanta. Working at ten different hospitals within these two institutions gave me a broad background and prepared me for the variety of medical conditions that I treat today. My husband and I moved to Portland in 2007 after falling in love with the friendly people here and the natural beauty of this part of the country.
About my practice
I am a hospitalist, or an internal medicine doctor who cares for hospitalized patients. I have specialized in caring for very sick patients because it is rewarding to be able to provide emotional support to patients and families during this stressful time. A serious illness can also sometimes become a positive experience for a patient when they use it as an opportunity to change their lifestyle for the better, such as by stopping smoking.
How I thrive
It can be easy to get caught up in the stress of the world because I am always busy. I find that yoga is a great way to exercise, improve my flexibility, and "decompress". I try to walk briskly in my neighborhood several times a week, which is a great exercise that many people can do. I always feel better when I eat well, and I try to follow a "Mediterranean Diet" (emphasizing fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil). My husband loves to cook and, by preparing many of our meals at home, we avoid eating preservatives and unhealthy fats.