I was born in Des Moines, Iowa but now consider the Pacific Northwest my adopted home. I moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I developed a deep love for this part of the country and the outdoors. After I graduated with a degree in history, I remained in Portland to work in the nonprofit sector.
My work for women’s health causes sparked my interest in medicine. I returned to school to pursue pre-medical coursework at Portland State University. During this time, I was offered a research position at the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) Aging and Alzheimer’s Center. I was accepted to OHSU and quickly immersed myself in Medical Students for Choice and the International Health Interest Group. After completing my fourth year, I took ‘a year off’ and accepted a position as a Medical Ethics Fellow for the American Medical Association Institute for Ethics in Chicago. I graduated from OHSU in 2007, moved to Seattle, and began my residency at Valley Family Medicine.
After having a family medicine/obstetrics practice in a community health clinic in the greater Seattle area, I have returned to Valley Family Medicine as faculty.
When not working, I enjoy cooking and baking, hiking, and skiing.