I am delighted to be a doctor! I chose family medicine because during my training I realized that I liked almost everything we learned and enjoyed the variety. To me, there is nothing better than starting out the day talking with someone about the best way to manage diabetes, helping someone tackle anxiety and depression after lunch, doing a well care visit in the mid-afternoon, and finishing the day with draining an abscess. And in the process of taking care of patient's medical issues, I get to know some really amazing people. Each patient has his or her unique story to tell. I feel honored to share in part of my patient's life, and I consider it a privilege to be their doctor.
About my practice
I started working with Kaiser Permanente straight out of my medical residency at Oregon Health and Science University. I chose to work with Kaiser Permanente because I was a Kaiser Permanente patient long before I was a doctor, and I felt like my care was excellent. I like our philosophy about treating the whole person and trying to help people thrive. I try to work as a partner with my patients by finding out their personal health goals, and then trying to help them meet those goals. I have a lot of information to share, and I enjoy focusing on wellness and fitness as much as possible.
How I thrive
The things that help me thrive personally are my fabulous family, my deep religious faith, and my ability to find joy in most circumstances. I am also a strong proponent of physical activity. If I can get a patient to love exercise I consider it a great triumph for both of us! I love to bicycle all over beautiful Oregon (in good weather), lift heavy weights, do yoga, and run. I feel my day is incomplete if it does not contain at least a little physical activity, which is why I am willing to get up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the gym before work. Once, I asked one of my more active patients how often she went out for a run, and she replied, "Every day of my life." I thought that was a fine answer, and a good prescription for health.