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My specialty: General
All Kaiser Permanente Physicians and Surgeons
My gender: Female
Accepting new patients.
I grew up in New York City but relocated to Oregon over 20 years ago. I attended Physician Assistant school in Brooklyn, New York at Long Island University. I have always been interested in acute and emergency medicine, especially sports medicine and trauma care. As a competitive athlete, I spent a significant amount of time being treated for various orthopedic injuries and pursued a career that would enable me to provide these services to others needing similar care. I have worked for Kaiser Permanente for over two decades, always in the capacity of acute care, and usually providing injury care in the urgent care, emergency room or similar environment. I especially enjoy the unique needs of athletes, both the high level competitors as well as the weekend warriors and newly converted couch potatoes.
As a native New Yorker surrounded by diverse populations, I especially enjoy the wide range of human individuals and each persons unique needs and presentations. I deeply embrace the concept of individualism and freedom of expression and choice, and want all my patients to feel comfortable with me as their provider. I love my adopted Northwest, and delight in the extensive recreational opportunities available here, and being able to help my patients get back on their snowshoes, bikes, boards and boots as quickly and safely as possible is my goal. I specialize in sports medicine and trauma care and minor injury, with a strong background in orthopedics and wound care. I believe enjoying play time is not only for the chronologically young, but the young at heart as well. I want all my patients to feel confident their individual needs will be addressed, whether it is competing in the big game or the smaller moments of a nice walk in the park. I have been teaching in the medical profession for almost as long as I have been practicing, and being able to share my knowledge and love of medicine to both future medical professionals as well as my patients is often my favorite part of my job. Turning complicated medical jargon into understandable concepts for 8 year olds, future nurses or plumbers and accountants, and watching worry and confusion turn to understanding is my favorite reward.
Maintaining status as an athlete after decades of training requires increasing dedication when getting out of bed can feel insurmountable on any given day, but relating to my fellow baby boomers and insisting age is only a state of mind is my core belief. I thrive by training, competing ,and teaching the sports I love. I was a dancer and a gymnast and am presently a mixed martial artist. I teach swimming, Taekwondo and any number of other related sports on any given day. I believe that health and fitness are our most valuable assets, and that health and happiness are integrally linked. My husband and I are avid hikers and explorers of this beautiful country. We garden and grow on five rural acres with the dubious help of our flock of peacocks and turkeys. We have raised three children, and my oldest son presently serves as a special forces Recon Marine.