Alexis de Lucca, MD
Primary care, Women’s Health, Geriatrics, Chronic Disease, Disabilities
Languages: English, Spanish
From the beginning of my training to be a physician I had always imagined myself as a family doctor. I enjoy working with people of all ages, genders and populations and I value the strong relationship that is built between doctor and patient over time. In primary care, these relationships are not only rewarding, but they are essential to providing effective healthcare. I put a strong emphasis on prevention of acute illness through healthy living, regular recommended screenings, and daily management of chronic disease. I believe that my role is not only to prevent and treat disease, but, even more importantly, to be a resource to educate and empower people to take charge of their own health.
In family medicine we have the unique opportunity to care for not only the individual, but often the family as a whole. While each has their own concerns and health issues, knowing people in the setting of their family and community gives us the additional context to work together on goals that are meaningful and realistic within their own circumstance. Being a small part of so many diverse life stories is one of the best parts of my job!
While I enjoy the wide scope of family practice, I have a particular interest in women’s health. I enjoy working with women and families as they navigate many of life’s particular challenges. This includes adolescent care, family planning (both birth control or planning for pregnancy), care of young families, sexual health, and the transition through menopause, among other women’s health specific concerns. I also love working with young children and helping educate parents on dealing with both illness as well as normal development. When it comes to parenting, I find that I am also continuing to learn more every day from my patients as well as from my own experience as a new parent.
I grew up in a small town in Alaska where I developed a love for the outdoors, the mountains and cold winter nights, which eventually brought me to settle in the Pacific Northwest. I completed my undergraduate education at Lewis and Clark College and then spent several years doing research in molecular biology before starting my medical training at Stanford University Medical School. While at Stanford I worked with a developmental pediatrician to develop and run a study looking at the benefits of myofacial manipulation (a type of deep tissue massage) for children with spastic cerebral palsy. While I am no longer involved in the research, I continue to have an interest in working with both children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
After medical school, I was thrilled to be able to return to Portland for my residency training and am now happily settled here with my husband, two cats, four chickens, and a young daughter. In my free time I enjoy playing volleyball and soccer, hiking and camping with my family, and cooking for and with friends. I also enjoy planning and working on our slow DIY home remodel, getting my hands dirty digging in the garden, and sewing and knitting various things for home and family.
You can find this practitioner at the following clinics:Sellwood Clinic
Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Providence Milwaukie Hospital
American Academy of Family Physicians