I am originally from upstate New York, but moved to Lake Tahoe, California, to pursue ski racing and attend high school. A knee injury at age 17 changed my life plans and sparked an interest in medicine. After medical school in New York, my husband insisted we head back to the West Coast for residency and to start a family. I had spent many summers skiing on Mt. Hood during my youth and liked the idea of moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We arrived in Kelso, Washington, almost 20 years ago and have loved being here ever since.
About my practice
I am proud to be part of a great group of family physicians here at Kaiser Permanente. In my early career, I provided low-risk obstetrical care and enjoyed helping families grow and develop. Now--without sleepless nights and time away from my own family--I care for men, women, and families. I currently divide my work equally between clinical practice and administrative duties as the medical director for primary care in Clark and Cowlitz counties. I value making a connection with members and understanding their needs. This is the most satisfying part of my career and is essential to providing quality health care.
How I thrive
For me, life is about balance--time for family, work, and fun. Rain, sunshine, or snow, I spend as much time as possible outside, breathing fresh air. I love working in the garden, biking, running, hiking, and skiing.