Originally from Sarasota, Florida, I attended college in upstate New York before moving to the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I fell in love with the area and made it our home in 2000. I enjoyed studying molecular biology early in my work life, but my passion is translating science to practical realities for patients. I attended Oregon Health and Science University for both medical school as well as my residency in internal medicine. I live in NE Portland and enjoy all that it has to offer our family.
About my practice
I strongly believe in teamwork and communication fostering good health, and strive to make sure my patients know that their voices are heard. I consider myself a consultant, providing information and education to help patients make their own informed decisions about their health. During my training I became passionate about improving quality in primary care. I feel privileged to work in a system that actively works to improve quality. When I am not with patients I work with Oregon Health and Science University residents to develop their Health Systems curriculum. I help provide them with tools to navigate the complexities of medical practice that extend beyond the science.
How I thrive
I spend most of my time outside my work with my family, fostering the natural joy of activity, play, and learning. I enjoy running, yoga, and cooking. We make it a priority to eat dinner as a family together every night. With young kids and busy jobs, my husband and I make sure to set time aside for each other as well.