I was born and raised in a small community on the Central Oregon Coast. As a young girl, I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field. While going to undergraduate school at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, I learned about physician assistant's and realized it would be the perfect profession for me. I continued my training and master's in Physician Assistant studies at Pacific University and graduated in 2002. I found a love for orthopedics during my training. My first job as a physician assistant was in Orthopedics in another small town on the Olympic peninsula in Washington. I moved back to the Portland area to join Kaiser Permanente in 2005.
I enjoy all the different aspects and challenges of working in orthopedics. I like working with a team of physicians and providing specialty orthopedic care within the Hand Orthopedic department. Currently, you will find me providing both non-operative and postoperative care to patients. You may also find me visiting patients in the hospital as part of the orthopedic rounding team.
I thrive with spending time with my husband and young son. Living in the Pacific Northwest provides me with endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, biking, camping and traveling. When at home I enjoy cooking, reading and watching my son grow.