I feel very fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest. I enjoy the seasonal excitement of winter skiing, summer sand-castle-building, and mountain biking and hiking anytime possible. I first thought about medicine when my ninth-grade teacher suggested it. With the support of my parents and many mentors, including my family physician, I was able to achieve my career goals. I feel privileged to learn about the needs of families and to have the opportunity to help others every day of my career.
About my practice
I work full time as a pediatrician and have administrative duties at the Salmon Creek Medical Office. I enjoy being a resource for families to gain information on approaches to caring for their children and themselves. I think it's important for parents to know what to expect at different developmental ages and for children to know what is happening to their bodies as they grow. I really value medical education and support that by having family-medicine residents work with me and by allowing high school and college students to shadow patient-care visits (with patient and family consent). Philosophically, I feel it's my responsibility to deliver evidence-based medical care. This includes the importance of daily Vitamin D and the responsibility of parents to protect their children from disease and cancer through vaccination.
How I thrive
I start my day with exercise. This can include the elliptical, stairs, planks, and/or free weights. I have learned more in recent years about the powers of meditation, yoga, and positive thinking. I love to travel and learn about new places and discover what people like to do where they live. Over the last several years I have had the good fortune to raft some Pacific Northwest whitewater rivers and visit the area’s amazing hot springs. After 20 years here, I find there are always more things to explore and experience!