"I think the most important part of any visit is education, which enables patients to better control recovery."
Board certified Sports Medicine
As a physician in Antarctica with little resources, I realized the importance of carefully listening to a patient's history, spending time on the exam, and working with patients to reach their goal. Working here allows me to practice evidence-based medicine in an environment that is patient-focused and collaborative. I work closely with patients to reach a diagnosis and then create a patient-centered rehabilitation plan to return to, or start, an activity or sport. I feel that the most important part of any visit is education, which enables patients to better control their recovery. My favorite part of being a sports medicine physician is watching patients get back to the activities they love and achieve the goals they set. As a sports medicine physician, I evaluate and treat a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal injuries. In addition, I use exercise as medicine and provide sports concussion care, ultrasound guided injections, and chronic tendinopathy treatment.
I was born and raised in Minnesota. After completing my undergraduate degree in Maine, I returned to Minnesota for medical school. I completed my family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship training in Seattle. My husband and I chose to raise our two kids in the Pacific Northwest to take advantage of the vibrant culture and wealth of outdoor activities - skiing and hiking in the mountains, kayaking and swimming on the water, and rollerblading and scootering on the Burke-Gilman trail. Medicine has been a part of me since I was little, helping out in the Twin Cities Marathon medical tent with my sports medicine dad and physical therapist mom. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, I spent six months in Antarctica as a physician at McMurdo Station keeping the scientist and staff functioning in the extreme conditions. I also work with the Stevens Pass ski patrol, volunteer as Roosevelt High School’s football team physician, and provide heart screens to students for the Nick of Time Foundation.
I love to swim, ski (downhill, cross country, and backcountry), kayak, hike, camp, backpack, travel, and cook. And I love to do it all with my family. We take a family backpacking trip to Shi Shi Beach on the Olympic Coast every summer, and I look forward to when our kids are old enough to hike up Sahale Arm in the North Cascades.
Licensed Practical Nurse
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