Kaiser Permanente physician
My gender: Female
Accepting new patients.
Hello, and welcome to my Web page! I am proud to be an adolescent medicine specialist at the Teen Clinic in the Panorama City Medical Center. Prior to joining the Kaiser Permanente team in 2012, I practiced at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in a variety of clinical settings, and I am comfortable caring for the full spectrum of teen patients. I am passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care for all members.
I am originally from Kansas City but have also enjoyed living in many other places, including New England, Colorado, and Northern California. I come from a large family and was inspired to become a pediatrician while growing up as a proud big sister to three younger brothers and with many younger cousins. I completed my pediatric residency at the UC San Francisco program at Children's Hospital Central California, and my 3-year adolescent medicine fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. I am board certified through the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine. I am a past president of the Southern California chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. I have had the great pleasure of speaking to audiences across the US and internationally on the subject of adolescent medicine, and I enjoy mentoring medical residents and students in the field.
At the Teen Health Center, we provide both primary and consultative medical care to adolescents age 12 to 17. We have a multidisciplinary team that consists of two pediatricians who specialize in adolescent medicine, a health educator, a social worker, and two nurses. This team strives to be thorough and thoughtful advocates for members and their families. We use a bio-psychosocial approach of comprehensive care in an atmosphere of understanding and respect for the complex physical, behavioral, and emotional needs of our young adult members. Preventive care is a key part of our practice, and it includes early identification of high-risk behaviors and providing guidance about health-promoting or -damaging behaviors that often are initiated during adolescence, with a goal of avoiding risky behaviors in the future. We support our adolescent members as they transition into adulthood and assume responsibility for their own health care.
I truly believe that a well-balanced life is essential in order to bring positive energy and a sense of joy to our daily lives. I have completed 5 marathons and hope to run many more. I take pleasure in gardening at home and also frequently visit local farmers markets to buy the vegetables and fruits that make up a healthy diet. My husband and I love to explore our beautiful state through hiking and camping adventures as well as yoga/meditation retreats. I volunteer with a number of programs in the Hollywood and San Fernando Valley areas that provide health care for medically underserved high-risk youth. I have also developed a significant wanderlust and greatly enjoy traveling internationally to experience life in cultures outside of our own "comfort zone." I have been to a number of countries outside of the US, including Mongolia, Indonesia, Australia, and several European countries, and I hope to experience many more in the years to come!