I grew up in culturally diverse Miami, Florida and received my undergraduate degree from the Honors Program in Medicine at the University of Miami. I attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for medical school and the University of South Florida for my pediatrics residency. My husband and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2002 and could not be happier. I love my practice and our adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon.
About my practice
My favorite of many roles since joining Kaiser Permanente is that of a general pediatrician. I am currently working in the Newborn Nursery at Westside Medical Center and love helping families welcome new members! I also work in the Urgent Care Department seeing children under 18 and am one of two pediatricians in our Eating Disorders Program for Children and Adolescents. I believe that education is key to understanding illness, whether acute or chronic. I take time to explain situations and diagnostic or treatment options. It is very important to me that families feel involved in the care of their children. I see the relationship between me, my patient, and his/her family as the key to good medical care.
How I thrive
My husband and I love day adventures, making new friends, and enjoying the amazing local food. Rain or shine, you can find our two children and us outdoors most days! At the end of a long day of work or play, eating a fresh home-prepared meal is something we cherish together.