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Kaiser Permanente provider
My gender: Female
Yes, my office is accepting new patients. May require referral.
I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and have always been proud of my Midwestern heritage. When I finished high school, I wanted a smaller university experience than the University of Wisconsin and ended up at Yale University. After college, I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go professionally, whether into teaching like my parents or into medicine. After spending 2 years in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, both teaching high school science and math and helping create a lab in an eye hospital, I returned to the U.S. excited to attend medical school at Tufts University, where I obtained both my medical degree and Master of Public Health, the latter with a focus on international health. After my general surgery residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, I spent 3 years in Baltimore, Maryland, before moving to Denver to join Colorado Permanente Medical Group. Since 2002, I have been very happy as a part of this wonderful medical group.
When I went to medical school, I assumed I would become a primary care physician, but found during those years that I was attracted to general surgery, where I could not only solve a problem intellectually, but also potentially fix it. I have never regretted that decision or direction. I love the teamwork of Kaiser Permanente, with my staff and physician colleagues, and especially with our members to work together for health. I take the time to get to know my patients and listen to understand their questions and concerns. Electronic medical records help me to see the big picture of a patient’s health, so I can make good use of our time together and answer their questions.
I mainly care for adult patients of any age. My pediatric practice is limited to hernias for our members as young as 3. I enjoy the wide variety of people and diseases I care for and especially enjoy caring for thyroid and parathyroid problems.
I still travel to Africa at least once per year, taking a team to rural Zambia to provide surgical care in a small hospital that otherwise has no surgeons. I have had the opportunity to bring almost 2 dozen colleagues with me over the years, exposing them to a special place that has helped shape me as a person and surgeon.
At home, I enjoy being in the outdoors, which is one of the things that attracted me to Colorado. When I moved here, I gave up long-distance running, as my knees could only forgive me for so long, and took up road biking. I am an avid hiker and skier and continue to try, often unsuccessfully, to keep up with the weeds in my yard.