Approach to Patient Care
I focused my attention on biology in college due to my parents’ career involvement in the sciences, but I was initially undecided about how to translate my degree into a meaningful and fulfilling career. Then, in my sophomore year of college, I shadowed a physician and my fate was sealed. I felt as a physician I could teach, assist in solving problems, and interact with people to have a positive influence on their health.
Family Medicine with additional training in Primary Care Sports Medicine gives me that wonderful opportunity. I work collaborateively with my patients to establish their health goals. Once we have determined those goals, we work together to successfully achieve them.
My training in sports medicine gives me some additional tools to diagnose and treat a variety of both chronic and acute musculoskeletal issues across all age ranges. My mentors implemented a variety of approaches to diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal issues, including ultrasound for diagnostic imaging and needle guidance, prolotherapy, orthobiologics, and acupuncture, all of which had a major impact on how I practice today.
Advice that I always impart to my patients:
- Exercise. Move your body through walking, yoga, running, or anything else you may choose, but keep moving! Movement of any kind keeps your body and head engaged and improves your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Drive your own healthcare. You are in the driver’s seat! You are the only one who can make an impact on your health. You have the power to improve it and I am your assistant.
- Proper nutrition. Your body needs to repair itself daily and good nutrition can definitely help that process. Maintaining a healthy approach to good nutrition is a lifelong quest. As our bodies age, our nutritional requirements change with it. Getting healthy and staying healthy is a lifelong goal.
When I’m away from the office, you can find me snowboarding, hiking, exploring the Pacific Northwest, or out on the water with my family kayaking or paddle boarding. I enjoy playing my guitar, singing and occasionally writing songs—so when you hear me humming a new tune in the office, it just might be the newest song I’m working on!
Specialties / Areas of Interest
MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (Iowa City, IA)
Family Medicine, Family Medicine of Southwest Washington at PeaceHealth (Vancouver, WA)
Sports Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University with American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
American Board of Family Medicine Certificate with Added Qualification in Sports Medicine
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