I’m originally from the Midwest and always enjoyed spending time in Colorado. I love the climate and spending time outdoors, especially hiking and skiing. My husband and I have two young children and a dog. My first career was in teaching, and later I decided to become a physician. The most rewarding part of being a physician for me is when I am able to provide information to families who have been searching for answers for a long time, and then using this information to help improve their medical care.
I chose to be a medical geneticist because this is a field that involves putting all the patient information together, using this information to make a clinical diagnosis and then choosing appropriate genetic testing that could result in an impact on clinical management for the patient. I enjoy the occasional opportunity to care for entire families. I work with a genetic counselor, who collects a thorough family history, helps with the genetic testing and provides counseling for the patient and family members. I always try to treat all my patients and their family members as I would want my own family to be treated. I take the time to get to know my patients and listen to understand their questions and concerns. I offer my patients convenience and can answer some questions by kp.org message, phone or video visit. I work as a team with our primary care providers, specialists and others to coordinate my patients’ care.
I thrive by spending time with my family and getting outdoors whenever I can.