Michelle L. Ritter, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I grew up in Steilacoom, Washington. When I was in seventh grade, I was the only girl in science class who liked dissecting the frog. My 12-year-old brain equated frog dissection to medicine, and so my life path was set. I attended college and medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. After my residency training in Tacoma, I soaked up the sun in California for a couple of years as a private practice family medicine physician, but in 2002, I decided to return to the Northwest, and since that time have enjoyed working at Kaiser Permanente.
About my practice
I chose the specialty of family medicine because I enjoy working with people of all ages. I believe that our health as individuals impacts the health of our families, our community, and all life — and vice versa. I see myself as a coach to encourage you on your way to finding wellness and healing for yourself. I practice full spectrum outpatient family medicine, including men's and women's health care, pediatrics, geriatrics, trauma care, and various office procedures. I believe in preventive practices throughout the life span and am ready to speak with you and your family about what your needs may be. I am also a primary care provider for children, teens, and adults as part of Kaiser Permanente's Gender Pathways Clinic. I offer consultations regarding gender identity, hormonal treatments, and gender affirming surgeries.
How I thrive
I enjoy being outdoors (hiking, biking, standup paddle boarding) as well as indoors (cooking, dining out, art, music, movies, books, dancing, meditation retreats) and time with my family, friends, and furry children (cats and dog). Mindfulness meditation is a big part of my life. In addition to daily meditation, I co-lead a weekly meditation group in Portland. I have followed a plant-based diet since 2012 and believe in the health of this choice for my own body as well as all life on the planet. Life has so much to offer us in every moment — thanks for taking this moment to read my biography. May you be well!