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My specialty: Family Medicine
All Kaiser Permanente Physicians and Surgeons
My gender: Female
No, I'm not accepting new patients. Please call 1-800-813-2000.
I grew up in the beautiful upper peninsula of Michigan and completed my undergraduate and medical school training in Madison, Wisconsin. The sciences interested me most, especially the biological sciences—I knew I wanted to be a doctor by age 13. I did not have a plan B, so I suppose it's good that it all worked out. I enjoy Family Medicine because of the variety of circumstances and challenges that arise in different age groups. I have been practicing medicine for more than 10 years and feel privileged to do so.
The root of the word doctor is the Latin word docere, meaning “to teach,” and I feel that this is my biggest role. I believe that the key to good health is prevention, but I am thankful that we have the resources to treat members with medicines or surgery as needed. Over the years I have been greatly encouraged by how hard members work and how great a job many do maintaining and improving their health through preventive health care. It is especially encouraging when members can discontinue taking some of their medications for chronic illnesses because they have changed their lifestyles, including diet and exercise.
In my free time, I enjoy gardening, horses, and hiking. There is something special in planning, sharing, working on, and enjoying a project together, and one of my favorite pastimes is gathering with my entire family to make dinner, enjoying a good meal and conversation (sometimes with friends)—and then everybody helping to clean up. Apart from the years I was going through school and training, I have been blessed to live in the country and find it very peaceful. I love walking out my door for a stroll in the woods.