I have been fortunate to be part of the Northwest Permanente physician group since 2003. There are not many systems where member-care is so well integrated and where the focus is on evidence-based medicine. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, I lived in Boston where I completed my medical training in internal medicine. After several years working in primary care and also doing hospital-based work, I shifted my focus to palliative medicine.
I have a clinic-based practice and also am part of the inpatient Palliative Care consult service. Even though there are no cures for the illnesses I treat, there is great satisfaction in knowing that the Palliative Care teams here at Kaiser Permanente can improve our members’ quality of life. I strive to know my members on a personal level, to understand their hopes, fears, and goals, and to help them negotiate the complex medical choices they may face.
My outside pursuits include hiking, travel, concerts, vegetarian cooking, and keeping track of my busy teenagers!