I was born about a mile from where I am currently working, at the Kaiser Permanente Interstate campus. Later our family moved to San Luis Obispo, CA for my father's job. I stayed throughout school and completed my college education at UC Irvine. However, I always knew that I wanted to live in Oregon and moved back to Portland after graduation. I worked at Oregon Health Sciences University (University of Oregon Medical School, at the time) for a while, in radiology research, where we worked on catheter therapies, including angioplasty and stenting. I left research to attend Physician Assistant school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1979. I graduated in 1981 and returned to Portland. I started working at Kaiser Permanente Northwest in 1983, doing family practice in the Salem North Lancaster Clinic. I transferred to Orthopedics in 1989.
Working in Orthopedics I spend a lot of time the in the fracture clinic, seeing all sorts of orthopedic injuries. I also support the practices of the foot and ankle service, sports medicine, and the hand service.
I find it useful to use my commute to maintain some fitness. Most days I ride my bike to and from work but I will also take Tri Met to work and part way home, getting out in downtown, so I go the rest of the way on foot. The gym at the Kaiser Permanente Interstate campus allows quick strength workouts after work. On the weekends I will get outdoors for cycling, hiking, cross country skiing, or, occasionally golf. I have traveled some outside the country and hope to do a lot more when I can.