I grew up in Colorado, majoring in journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I did this intentionally, as I wanted a broader background in addition to my pre-med studies, and felt the communication and people skills fostered in journalism would complement medicine. I chose family medicine after a summer fellowship at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, where I was exposed to physicians caring for families and the rewarding nature of continuity of care. With family in the area, the opportunity to come back home to practice medicine was an opportunity I could not pass up.
I enjoy taking care of families, including children and adolescents. I believe in partnering with patients to help them make informed choices and be proactive about their health care. I also believe in the contribution of mind, body and spirit to one's health and acknowledge that there is no one magic pill out there! Having the Kaiser Permanente health care team behind me brings additional support, resources and evidence-based care to my patients. This allows me to take care of the whole patient.
My family is my foundation and I am blessed to have an amazing husband and two children. After years of training and practicing in the Midwest, returning to the Colorado climate and getting outside year-round was a gift! I enjoy cooking, gardening and practicing yoga and meditation. I have completed my 200-hour yoga teacher certification, representing an important aspect of self-care in my life.