In high school, I won a state writing contest with an essay called "I Could Never Be A Doctor." I wrote about my love for biology but my aversion to dissecting frogs, mostly because I couldn't shake the feeling that I was hurting the frog. Even though I proved that essay wrong, I did choose a field that focuses on treating pain because I still don't like seeing anyone or anything suffer.
When my mom had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) a number of years ago, I had to coordinate her care over the phone from across the country. It was a hard job because there was no real communication between her providers. Fortunately, it's different for my patients at Kaiser Permanente. I love that I'm part of a team that is working to provide excellent, coordinated care.
One of the best things about my job as an anesthesiologist is that every day is different. One day I could be helping toddlers who need ear tubes. The next day I could be working on the obstetrics floor, placing epidurals for laboring women. The following day I could be doing total joint replacements and using my regional anesthesia skills. I love the variety. I care about your experience as a patient and will work with you to give you the experience you want and deserve. I will listen to understand your questions and concerns, and review your electronic medical record so I can see the big picture of your health. I work as a team with our physicians, pharmacists and others to provide you with coordinated care that meets your needs.
I enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding with my husband and two sons. I’m a classically trained pianist, and playing music helps me unwind. Even though I spend a lot of time reading children's books with my kids, I make sure to find time for pleasure reading, too.