As a Family Medicine physician, I love caring for people at all stages of life. I want my relationships with members to be partnerships, where I help them to make informed choices about their health and wellness. I believe that our physical health is closely tied to our mental well-being, daily life choices, and the support of family and community--these factors must be considered when developing any treatment plan. I am also very interested in working broadly within our community to promote a shared vision for making choices that lead to better health.
About my practice
I was born in Berlin, Germany. My father was a United States Army sergeant, and I had the good fortune to grow up in a variety of places, including Germany, Okinawa (Japan), and North Carolina. Once settled in North Carolina, I developed a passion for science, particularly for practical applications to solve immediate problems. As a volunteer on a crisis hotline and the National AIDS hotline during and after college, I discovered that I enjoyed working one-on-one with people. These experiences led me first to a degree in public health and then to a medical degree. After graduating medical school, I served eight years in the United States Navy, working at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and then married and made the ultimate cross-country move to Alaska, where I worked in a small rural community health center. After 11 thrilling years, highlighted by the birth of our daughter, our family moved to Oregon, where I worked for the Lane County Community Health Center before joining Kaiser Permanente. In addition to Family Medicine, I have continued my interest in public health, working with schools on health initiatives and developing an expertise in addiction treatment.
How I thrive
I treasure time spent with family and friends in travel, outdoor adventures, games, volunteer work, and any other activity that creates memorable shared experiences. I love to learn, explore, and discover more about this fascinating planet and the people who live on it. In everything I do, I try to keep life simple, maintain the highest standard of integrity, promote peace and justice, support my community, and protect and care for our Earth.