I grew up on a small farm in Cottage Grove, Oregon, helping my parents raise goats, sheep, and chickens. I ventured away from Oregon for college in Minnesota at Macalester College in St. Paul, where I received a wonderful liberal arts education and met my husband. After college, we moved back to Oregon for medical school and pediatric residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Here at Kaiser Permanente, I enjoy a nice balance of outpatient and inpatient pediatrics, combined with opportunities for leadership and quality enhancement.
About my practice
I love pediatrics for many reasons but one of my favorite things is the opportunity to practice preventive medicine. In both my approach to disease treatment as well as preventive care, I attempt to stay current on pediatric research and implement practice guidelines in my daily walk with families. I also enjoy leadership and currently serve as the lead of our inpatient pediatrics team at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, as well as serving on our pediatric quality enhancement team.
How I thrive
I enjoy spending time with my husband and three kids. We are often found outdoors hiking at nature parks, exploring the river by our home, or playing at a nearby community park. I also find enjoyment in jogging and gardening and both of these activities keep me thriving and feeling balanced. Several times per month I volunteer with my oldest son preparing food boxes at our local community food pantry, and my family is active in our church.