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Sharlene was born and raised in the Midwest. She completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in genetics and cell-biology but through her community service with Minneapolis’s homeless population, she became interested in health care as a means of working for social and economic justice in marginalized populations.
This led her to spend a year living in Kenya working with an organization called African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) where she devoted her time investigating the main determinants of health and wellness in the Maasai women, a group of individuals that had historically been marginalized.
Sharlene then completed her medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, an osteopathic medical school. She concurrently earned a master’s degree in bioethics, focusing her research on end of life care in homeless populations. During her medical training, she balanced her rigorous academic demands with her spirituality and commitment for community involvement. She started practicing yoga and first-handedly witnessed the connection of the mind, body and spirit in wellness. This shaped her practice of health care delivery and encouraged her to pursue Family Medicine for residency. She completed her Family Medicine training in Portland, OR.
With her osteopathic philosophy, Sharlene takes a holistic, wellness-oriented approach to health care. She enjoys caring for individuals and families along the life spectrum-from discussing developmental milestones of infants to engaging in end-of-life conversations with patients in their final days. Sharlene is excited to be a partner with her patients in the pursuit of wellness for individuals, families and communities alike.
Sharlene enjoys spending time with her best friend and husband - Justin - doing things like camping, hiking, snowshoeing, running, cycling or anything outdoors. She also enjoys yoga, meditation and religious exploration. Sharlene likes to cook and eat vegetarian and will never turn down a good cup of coffee. On rainy days, she can be found playing board games (like Settlers of Catan, Battleline and Agricola) or watching her favorite television show (Friends) on repeat.
You can find this practitioner at the following clinics:Talbert Clinic