I grew up and completed my medical training in the San Francisco bay area, then lived in Colorado for a short time before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1998. Being able to practice Pediatrics and raise my children in this beautiful and vibrant city has been a dream come true for me. I studied physiology at the University of California Berkeley, medicine at the University of California San Diego, and found what I truly loved in my pediatrics training at the Children's Hospital of Oakland. I have worked in private practice, and as part of the pediatrics departments of Northwest Permanente and The Permanente Group in Northern California. I have also spent time as a volunteer physician in the Yucatan area of Mexico. I am currently enjoying my position as lead of the pediatric urgent care group here.
About my practice
I see my role as helping families understand their child's illness or injury, providing information about the medical options available to them, and to participate with them in deciding what is best for their child. I hope to make each and every visit an opportunity for the family to learn about health, and all of the resources we offer at Kaiser Permanente, and to make sure that they feel cared for in the best possible way. In urgent care, I feel that I have an opportunity to help families in some of their times of greatest need.
How I thrive
My family is my greatest joy, and I am happy to say that my teenaged kids still like to spend time with my husband and I. Family dinners are the norm for us. We travel together, explore and learn about other cities, countries, and cultures. We love the outdoors, and enjoy most sports including windsurfing, skiing, cycling, hiking, backpacking, and just about anything else that gets us outside. I also treasure my friends, having picnics and walks together, seeing movies and going to the wonderful local restaurants, and just talking about how to raise happy, healthy kids.