I was born in Cleveland, Ohio but spent the majority of my childhood in Pasadena, California. I followed my heart to Portland in 1978 and have been here ever since. I love Portland's feeling of inclusiveness and suspect it is now my home for life. I have two young adult children who have taught me about the wonders of unconditional love and the importance of living each day to its fullest, two gifts for which I am most grateful.
After graduating from the University of San Francisco, I started my nursing career in the neonatal intensive care unit. I practiced in this area of nursing for 20 years before returning to school for my nurse practitioner degree. I have been practicing in pediatric primary care since 1997 and love the diversity of caring for children from birth through adolescence. I have always found the spontaneity and honesty of children entertaining, so am never at a loss for smiles during busy clinic days.
My time away from work is spent visiting with friends and family, walking in the neighborhood, or working in my garden. I have a large extended family and wonderful friends, so there is almost always a reason to gather and celebrate. Along with my garden, I have three chickens who serve as a source of amusement as well as providing delicious eggs. I have been lucky enough to go on two trips with Medical Teams International and hope to be able to do more of this kind of volunteering in the future. I feel fortunate for the fullness of my life.