I was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, received my bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and attended medical school at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. I completed my residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and kept a private practice in Houston before moving to Portland, Oregon to join Kaiser Permanente in 2005. I love the beautiful Pacific Northwest and am incredibly proud to work for Kaiser Permanente.
About my practice
High-risk obstetrics initially drew me to Obstetrics and Gynecology but I realized during my training how much I enjoy the full scope of a generalist Obstetrics and Gynecology practice. I love getting to know my patients and counseling them on available treatment options in order to make informed healthcare decisions. Of all the places I've practiced, including academic institutions and private practice, Kaiser Permanente is my favorite because of our conscious focus on evidence-based medicine and patient safety, our incredible network of talented colleagues across multiple specialties, and our emphasis on what I enjoy most - taking care of patients.
How I thrive
Being a runner and an avid fan of exercise is part of my identity, and I have run 11 marathons. I love all of the outdoor activities available in the Pacific Northwest. My partner and I have a house on the Oregon coast where we re-energize. We have two beagles that keep us quite busy!