I am married and my husband and I are originally from Michigan, where we met in physics class at the University of Michigan. We moved to Colorado in 2014 to be near family and the mountains after spending two years in Durham, NC where I attended Duke University to become a physician assistant. I am grateful to live in a state with such natural beauty and easily-accessible adventure. I love practicing medicine because it allows me to directly care for individuals, and I truly believe healthy people make healthy communities, and healthy communities can and do make a thriving society.
Working in primary care allows me to provide holistic medicine, taking the full picture of my patient's, lives, values, and priorities into account. I love providing preventive care as I feel like this is truly the way that we can make and keep ourselves healthy. I believe in the importance of teaching patients about their health so that they become capable of being an active participate in their care. I trust other Kaiser Permanente providers to take excellent care of my patients if I'm not available. I work as a team with our specialists, pharmacists and others to coordinate my patients' care.
I believe in being a good listener, I am empathetic and patient, and want people to feel empowered to care for themselves. I make sure that my patients feel valued and understood, and strive to incorporate their values and priorities into our plan for care.
I love to be active and outdoors, be it running, biking, rock climbing, or climbing 14ers. I like to challenge myself, having completed several endurance races, most recently the Ironman Boulder 140.6. To relax, I like to spend time gardening, cooking with loved ones, doing yoga and reading (usually nonfiction books about food, faith or relationships). I think libraries are brilliant! My husband and I love to travel to foreign countries to learn about other cultures and see the different ways in which people live.