Growing up in a small town near Santa Cruz, California, I loved spending time outdoors in the redwood forests and at the beach. I decided to become a physician at a young age and spent many years dedicated to that dream. I attended the University of California, Davis, for my undergraduate degree and Touro University in Vallejo, California, for medical school. I completed a residency in neurology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, near Hollywood. The city was definitely a big change, but I loved exploring L.A. and enjoyed its tremendous food scene. For the final leg of my training, I chose to do a fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. I fell in love with Portland and decided to make it my home. I chose neurology because I enjoy studying the complexity of the brain — and the puzzle of figuring out where a problem is and why. I chose to specialize in stroke (vascular neurology) because it’s a field of medicine at the forefront of modern medical technology.
The Neurology Department at Kaiser Permanente is committed to providing the best care for our members. We have recently created a team to provide immediate expert neurologic consultation for patients in the Emergency Medicine Department or in a hospitalized setting at both Sunnyside and Westside Medical Centers. Teams such as ours have been shown to improve the quality of care provided. I have expertise in stroke care, as well as knowledge in seizures, headaches, brain tumors, concussion/traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and other neurologic conditions. I believe it is important that physicians treat patients as they would want themselves or their family members to be treated, with expertise, kindness, and respect. I am dedicated to the health of all my patients, whatever their needs may be.
Thrive to me means enjoying life, while living an energetic and active lifestyle. To achieve this, I try to spend time outdoors, hiking and exploring new places. I also enjoy trying new foods and finding delicious meals to eat with my husband and friends. I love traveling and look forward to crossing off more of my “bucket-list” locations.