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Pediatric Newborn Care
My specialty: Pediatrics
All Kaiser Permanente Physicians and Surgeons
My gender: Female
Accepting new patients.
This provider requires a referral.
I'm a Hoosier by birth, and have lived many places in the Midwest and the East Coast, but when I finally ventured west, I immediately felt at home when I moved to Portland in 2000. Shortly after my arrival I met my husband, now a physician assistant in orthopedics, and we married during my pediatric residency at Oregon Health and Science University. As we've continued to build our lives here, we feel privileged to call such a beautiful and culturally rich place our home. When I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2009 I had that same feeling of gratitude, realizing that I'd found another piece of what I've come to feel is my home. I came to general pediatrics after first working as a pediatric nephrologist in an academic setting. While I valued that experience and cared very much for the patients I helped in that role, I discovered that my true calling is to primary care.,/p>
I am very proud to be a part of a system that values prevention, patient education and keeping people well. As a pediatrician I work hard to develop a sense of partnership with my patients and their parents, honoring the role that each of us plays in optimizing the health of the children and young adults I see. Given my extra training, I still have a special interest in helping children deal with kidney problems, but my greatest satisfaction comes from providing education and support to families in their efforts to keep their children overall as healthy and happy as possible.
Outside of work, what I love most is spending time with my boys. My family is what nourishes my soul. My husband and I have two very active sons, and I enjoy trying my best to keep up with them, particular doing anything outdoors. As they get older we are exploring more and more activities allowing us to discover the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I also love to sing, make jewelry with beads, and I hope that maybe someday I'll find time to relearn to play the piano.