Kaiser Permanente physician
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Welcome to my Web page. I’m happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you a little about my practice. I feel very fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente because of its team approach to health care, and I look forward to working with you to care for your health.
I was inspired to become a physician at age 12 by the work of Dr. Kenneth Cooper—the father of aerobics. He gave a seminar at our church, and soon my father was marking out a track in the field behind our house in Texas, and I was reading the first aerobics book. I was fascinated with how the body worked and how it could become healthier with exercise. I did take a bit of a detour, earning a master’s degree in English and teaching part time for 12 years. I still teach daily, though now it’s actually members I’m educating.
I’m a generalist at heart, which is why I had several majors in college and why I’m a family medicine physician. Although prevention is my passion, I enjoy all aspects of medicine. It’s especially gratifying to be an advocate for those who traditionally have not had access to good health care. I also work with other departments at Kaiser Permanente to research how diet and exercise may help to improve some medical conditions.
To live a balanced life, I try not to worry. At work, I give everything I have. At the end of the day, I’m prone to be concerned about some of the people I’ve seen that day. At that point, I simply pray—prayer is important in all areas of my life. My husband and I regularly exercise together, enjoying the park near our home. We regularly eat dinner outside to enjoy the beautiful California weather, and we try not to pack too much into our social schedule.