I love spending time in the beautiful outdoor playground that is Alaska. Summertime usually finds me on my bike or paddle board, soaking up as much sun as I can. I also love fishing and hiking. Wintertime will find me on a pair of cross-country skis if it’s not too cold, or inside crafting or working on a board game or puzzle if it is. Hot yoga or a good round of pub trivia with friends are also things I enjoy.
Although I enjoy the diversity of issues seen in a Family Medicine clinic, I have a special affinity for treating migraines, musculoskeletal and spinal complaints, and performing in-office procedures.
“The days are long, but the years are short.“ – Gretchen Rubin
My family moved to Alaska in 1995 when I was still in school. I am blessed to have my parents and all of my siblings here in Alaska. I have 3 wonderful children who are the joy of my life. They make me proud, make me laugh, and make me grow every day. They remind me that my greatest work is at home.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a Family Medicine doctor?
I was blessed to be able to stay home with my children when they were young. As they started to get older and enter school I realized that the time and effort I was devoting to them would soon need another target. I have always been interested in the medical field. I began to work my way through prerequisites and accrue clinical hours working as a medical assistant in a primary care clinic to apply to the MEDEX program through University of Washington. I was inspired by a few top-notch Physician Assistants I had had the opportunity to work with. Starting out in primary care, I knew I never wanted to work anywhere else. I love the range of health issues and the variety of patients I get to see as a family medicine practitioner.
What do you want people to understand about the way you practice medicine?
I love the relational aspect of primary care. I appreciate getting to know my patients and treating them as friends and family. Chances are if I see you a few times I will ask you about that trip you took to see your grandchildren, or how training your new puppy is coming along. Often details come out when someone feels comfortable with you, that might not otherwise have been voiced. I hold sacred the trust of my patients and it is an honor for me to serve and promote their best health.
- Physician Assistant: MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Training Program, BCHS, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)