I am from Louisiana and have known since medical school that I wanted to be involved in caring for people experiencing serious illness. I completed residency and a fellowship in palliative medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. I chose to join Kaiser Permanente immediately following fellowship because I had heard about its outstanding Supportive Care program, and admired the physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains I was going to get to work alongside. I've been at Kaiser Permanente since 2007, and hope I can spend the rest of my career here! In my first three years, I saw patients in their homes, which was an amazing experience that helped me better understand the challenges people face when going through a serious illness. Now, I see patients at the Franklin Supportive Care clinic. Outside of work, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking and spending time outdoors with my family.
About my practice
In our Supportive Care clinic, we work as a team of doctors, nurses and social workers – since we know that illness impacts all parts of a patient's life, not just your physical being. We get to know you and your family and try to offer support that honors who you are as a person, focusing on what is most concerning to you. My specialty is focused on pain and symptom management, and I strive to match my recommendations with your lifestyle and goals. I listen to understand your situation as best as possible, and then frame my suggestions around what is most meaningful to you.
How I thrive
I love cooking and volunteer at my church to cook dinners every few months. I especially enjoy cooking healthy dinners for my family as well as baking bread and desserts for special occasions. My husband and I enjoy doing yoga, and we like to ski together as a family. I have two daughters and a cat and dog at home, all of whom keep us active and busy.