I am a native of Fort Collins, Colorado, and since graduating from high school I have lived in five states and three countries. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Not knowing for sure what to do with this degree, I moved to Sandpoint, Idaho to work as an AmeriCorps volunteer. I fell in love with North Idaho and lived there for 5 years, working as an outdoor adventure guide for teens in crisis. I realized, however, that my true calling was to become a doctor as it combines two of my passions, science and helping others. I headed to Chicago for medical school and chose to specialize in Family Medicine because I enjoy the academic challenge that comes from its broad scope of practice and it allows me to care for people during every life stage. For almost 10 years I cared for service members and their families as a member of the United States Navy. My family and I moved from Italy in 2015 and are thrilled to make Portland our new home.
About my practice
One of the most rewarding things about being a Family Medicine physician is developing long-term relationships with my members and their family. I believe my role in this relationship is to support and educate members with the best medicine based on evidence to optimize their health, while respecting diverse cultural, religious and personal beliefs on healthcare. I chose to become an osteopathic physician due to its focus on holistic approaches to care, and I continue to incorporate this philosophy in my practice. I specifically enjoy women's health, including routine obstetrics, well-baby care, and geriatrics.
How I thrive
I believe that in order to thrive, one must have balance in life. My balance comes from playing with my husband and two children. I also enjoy reading, gardening, running, yoga, hiking, camping, traveling the world, playing and watching soccer, cycling, skiing, and enjoying good food with family and friends.