I grew up in a military family, moving every few years to a new state. It was amazing seeing so much of our country during my formative years. I became interested in medicine late in high school and during college. I was so enamored of the elegance of how our bodies are put together and how they function that I applied, and was accepted to, medical school. I always knew that whatever I did, I would work with children. When I completed medical school I moved to the Pacific Northwest (where I had lived as a very young child) to complete a pediatric residency at Oregon Health and Science University. I never intended to remain here, but I fell in love with this part of the country and decided this would be the best place to raise a family.
I so much enjoy taking care of children! It is such an honor to meet a newborn infant and watch them grow and develop over the first part of their life. I very much enjoy teaching kids about their bodies and how to take good care of them. I also like helping parents raise well adjusted, healthy kids. In addition to my clinic practice, I also work part time at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, helping to take care of our hospitalized Kaiser Permanente pediatric members.
Being healthy involves taking care of your body both inside and out. I spend a lot of my time being active with my family. I very much enjoy running, gardening, cooking, traveling, music and watching live theater. Doing these things (and spending some time in the sunshine) really recharges my batteries!