I am originally from Texas but moved to Oregon in 1999 because I could just not take another 100+ degree summer day and fell in love with the beauty of Portland, when I visited back in 1998. I love all the bike and hiking trails and I love the Portland summers and the amazing fall colors. I have three children, including two teenagers, and love working with children. I had initially planned on going into psychiatry, but when I worked in pediatrics I found it highly rewarding caring for children and seeing them get better. It is a great pleasure watching the children I work with grow up, and I feel like a part of their family.
About my practice
I work in a very small clinic which I love because I feel like the Kaiser Permanente Division Clinic has a "small town" feel to it. Not only do I know my own patients well, but I have also gotten to know my colleague's patients well too, which makes covering for them much easier. I have a particular interest in asthma and allergies, as I too suffer from these conditions. I have a relaxed and playful approach which works well with children. I feel often that less is more in treating children which means using medications only when they are felt to be absolutely necessary.
How I thrive
I thrive by having a great sense of humor and try to make work fun. I work in pediatrics because I am a kid at heart. I love taking my German shepherd with me when I ride my bike and find these morning bike rides help clear my thoughts. I also am very involved in my saltwater fish hobby and find just looking at the aquarium and spending time in the hobby very fun and relaxing. I handle stress very well and always try to find the positives out of life and do not focus on the negatives.