Approach to Patient Care
My commitment to family medicine is drawn from people and the narratives they carry. I love providing for multi-generational families and individuals in all stages of life. It is my mission to form collaborative partnerships with my patients; not only to manage illness and injury, but also to make decisions about improving overall quality of life.
I have a special interest in working with patients as they negotiate reproductive choices, pregnancy, and parenthood. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant candidate and enjoy helping families navigate the challenges of infant feeding. In prescribing gender-affirming hormone therapy, I am honored to partner with people of all backgrounds and identities to support them with the information they need to make the best choices for their own health and well-being.
I am a wanderer at heart. Nonetheless, I have finally found my home here in the Pacific Northwest. I grew up in a tiny town of two hundred, daughter of the area’s only medical provider. Discovering that the practice of medicine was in my blood was a journey that took me over five continents. After majoring in religious studies at Reed College, I worked with the homeless population in Portland, and the Garifuna community on the north coast of Honduras. I attended the Medical School for International Health, a joint program with Columbia University based in the desert of southern Israel. I was overjoyed to return to the Portland area for my family medicine residency training.
I speak fluent Spanish, remedial Hebrew, and am fascinated with different food cultures and traditions. My husband is a chef who specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and local foraging. We are blessed with two boys and a girl, all three of whom were born during my medical training—I understand firsthand the balancing acts and tough choices that all parents straddle. In my free time or en route to work, I am an avid cyclist and food cart aficionado.
It is a true honor to be considered as your family physician.
Specialties / Areas of Interest
- Women's Health
- LGBTQIA+ Affirming Care
- Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
MD, Columbia University Medical Center's Medical School for International Health, Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er Shava, Isreal)
Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Southwest Washington at PeaceHealth; Maternal Health and Sports Medicine areas of concentration (Vancouver, WA)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
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