A transplant to the Pacific Northwest, I grew up in Virginia. After a six-month volunteer position at a hospital in Tanzania, I decided to pursue a medical degree. I chose Loma Linda University in Southern California because of its integrated approach to whole-person health. While in medical school, I met and married my husband. I completed specialty training in family medicine in South Bend, Indiana. During my training, I took short medical volunteer trips to Nepal, Malawi, and Chad. After completing residency, I had the opportunity to practice full-spectrum medicine as the solo physician at a mission health center in Buea, Cameroon, where nearly 400 inches of rain falls each year!
About my practice
As a family medicine physician, I provide care to people of all ages, following preventive health guidelines. Medications are sometimes necessary to treat maladies, but optimal health also requires a proper diet, exercise, rest, and stress management. I value the integrated health care system that Kaiser Permanente facilitates, promoting care based on scientific evidence. In my practice, I perform minor skin procedures, contraception implants, and joint injections. I am currently studying for my certification in lifestyle medicine.
How I thrive
I thrive by sharing life with my husband and our pets—a dog, a cat, and two guinea pigs. Together, my husband and I enjoy hiking and backpacking. We also take time with friends to experience the cultural arts and food in the greater Portland area. An occasional trip to countries that are new to us—Belize, Estonia, Croatia, Portugal, and Nepal, among them—helps satisfy our urge for foreign travel. I eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet and commute to work on foot (three miles each direction). I am plugged into my faith community and enjoy volunteering, performing stable duties at a farm for second-chance horses, and serving as a camp doctor at a children's summer camp.