"My goal is to be present for my patients, providing support and guidance as they deal with the uncertainty of illness."
Board certified Family Medicine
I strive to offer patient-centered care. Through supportive listening and clear communication, I help ensure that patients have the education and support they need to make health decisions that reflect their individual needs and preferences. My goal is to be present for my patients, providing support and guidance as they deal with the uncertainty of illness. I'm grateful every day for the role I am allowed to play in each patient's care. In particular, I love developing relationships with patients over time. I also love the diversity I encounter in family medicine as I am able to treat patients of all ages and backgrounds.
I was born in New York City but spent my childhood on the New Jersey shore. After dealing with both personal and family illnesses throughout my childhood, I decided to pursue medicine to accompany and serve patients in times of both health and illness. I received my medical education at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, where I studied health policy. Besides my work at Kaiser Permanente, I'm a researcher for the UC San Francisco Center for Excellence in Primary Care, where I focus on improving primary care systems. I like to write and have been published in academic journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. I'm married to my best friend and life-teammate.
My work day starts with 20 minutes of quiet reflection, where I try to focus on what I am grateful for. I try to exercise most days, whether it's jogging, hiking, taking a walk or trying something new! Recently, my husband and I spent five weeks walking the Camino de Santiago, a 1,000-year-old, 500-mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain. I try to stay connected to my local community through my church and by volunteering at social justice-oriented organizations throughout the city. I love to spend time with my friends, whether it's catching a movie or having a game night.