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About Me

Welcome to my Web page. This is a great opportunity for me to introduce myself and my practice to you. I feel very fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente because of my wonderful colleagues and patients, and I look forward to working with you to care for your health.

Biography

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in Iowa, and I find that as a result, I have a much different perspective on life than most people I meet. Several of my family members developed cancer when I was a child, and these family experiences, when combined with my love of books and knowledge, funneled my interests into science and cancer treatment. I became interested in gene therapy as a treatment for cancer and entered college as a genetics major. I worked in several laboratories looking for treatments for prostate cancer. Eventually, I decided to go to medical school. There I fell in love with urology. I continued to do urology cancer research until taking my full-time position here at Kaiser Permanente, where I feel I can help people the most.

About my practice

My chief interests as a urologist are stone disease (such as kidney stones) and minimally invasive urologic oncology, which includes kidney, prostate, and bladder cancer. I completed an endourology fellowship in Rochester, New York, that focused on stone disease and on laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

How I thrive

My daily run reminds me that life is good! I always feel better, more refreshed, and less tired if I get to run every day. I also love to cycle and catch a game of ultimate Frisbee here and there.