My first exposure to the medical career was when I was five years old, making hospital rounds with my father. That he always left his patients better, and with a smile on their faces, made a strong impression on me. I grew up in Ohio, attended Miami University then Ohio State University College of Medicine. It was during my fourth year of medical school, while doing a cardiology rotation at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), that I fell in love with Oregon, so I returned to OHSU for residency. After practicing both primary care and Hospital Medicine for several years, I narrowed my practice to Hospital Medicine, and ultimately joined Northwest Permanente in 2002. My husband, a Pittsburg native, and I have now set our roots down in Oregon and are blessed with two lovely daughters.
About my practice
As a Hospitalist, I evaluate and manage acutely ill, medically complex patients. Hospitalization is often a stressful time for patients and their families emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually - as well as physically. Along with the multidisciplinary health care team, I strive to support patients and their families on all of these levels throughout the hospital course. I like to help patients understand their medical situation, elicit their goals of care, and facilitate their making informed decisions that are aligned with those goals. The work is both challenging and highly rewarding.
How I thrive
When not at work, I'm usually spending time with my family or out enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I love hiking and have explored hundreds of miles of Oregon trails. I recently discovered Geocaching to be a fun way to entice my daughters to hike with me. I also enjoy jogging, camping, beachcombing, traveling, and volunteering at my children's school.