Jennifer Mae Soyke, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, I met and married my husband in Omaha, Nebraska. After our daughter was born, we moved to Eugene, Oregon, where we completed our undergrad degrees. It was my husband who saw the physician in me before I saw it for myself. I will always be grateful to him for his insight, which lit a fire in me to work with people in this fulfilling profession. After medical school in Portland, Oregon, I served seven years active Army duty, including Family Medicine residency at Ft. Lewis, Washington and four years at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, where I began to moonlight in rural emergency departments in neighboring Tennessee. In 1995 I left the Army and our family returned to Eugene. I soon realized that I thrived most in the setting of Emergency Medicine as I had experienced it in Tennessee. I became board certified in this specialty, and went on to continue the practice of Emergency Medicine from 1996 to 2009. I then made the transition to contributing emergency department skills in an Urgent Care/Family Medicine setting at the University of Oregon Student Health Center in Eugene. I have been invigorated by change throughout my career and my multiple practice settings have given me a wealth of experience to call on as I continue my practice in Portland.
About my practice
I enjoy being able to help patients solve problems. I enjoy making your lives easier when I can. I enjoy being able to open the door to new knowledge and understanding for the patients I see. It's important to me that patients have the information they need to help make choices about their medical care. I welcome patients who have done their own research, and I welcome the discussions that follow. I am comfortable discussing medical ethics with patients. Not a day in practice goes by that I don't repeat to myself, "First, do no harm." I was raised to be useful and to be of service, by parents who modeled service within their community according to their abilities. Medicine surely gives me the opportunity to fill that role, and I am grateful for that. My concept of service extends to having an approach to most any type of patient who presents for care. When a patient needs a medical specialist or other referral for diagnosis or treatment, or when ongoing continuity of care with a Primary Care clinician is preferable, I will consult or refer as appropriate. I am also supportive and appreciative of the large community of other clinical professionals who contribute to medical care and happy to make referrals as needed to these skilled colleagues.
How I thrive
My personal life outside of medicine is fairly simple. My husband and I thrive on cycling, walking, reading, and time with family, friends, and our spiritual community. We like to laugh. We like to have "game nights" with friends. Our life in Portland, Oregon is enriched by the privilege of being part of the life of our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. Our family strives for a multicultural awareness of the world and we are enriched by that. I have found that time spent alone is essential in renewing myself. In the past I spent extensive time volunteering in organizational medicine roles. For the last seven years I have been a volunteer for Cycle Oregon, where I fill a non-medical role which I find quite refreshing.