I am thrilled to have been practicing rheumatology at Kaiser Permanente in Portland since 1995. I grew up near Stevenson, Washington when it was a timber town (the wind surfing and microbrews were yet to come!). I was able to put myself through college and medical school by working summers and vacations at a local sawmill. After training and spending my first three years of rheumatology practice at Boston University, my husband (who is also a physician) and I moved back to the Northwest to raise our two children, now both teenagers. We are so happy to be here! We love to hike in the Gorge, visit Central Oregon and go biking, and visit my parents who live on the Washougal River.
About my practice
I enjoy my patients in rheumatology as they are some of the strongest and bravest people I have ever met. I want to help each person to function as well as they can for as long as they can. I am excited about all the new medications and advances in rheumatology, but have been practicing long enough to know to be cautious. Along with my rheumatology colleagues, I try to take full advantage of established therapies while keeping the newest ones in mind. I am grateful that my practice at Kaiser Permanente allows me to do this.
How I thrive
I thrive by going to local farmer's markets, cooking healthy food, exercising an hour daily, and wearing my Kaiser Permanente pedometer everywhere.