"Developing patient relationships is what I most enjoy about practicing medicine, including the "ups and downs" that we work through together."
Board certified Urology
I've always been fascinated by the complexity of the human body. Working as a physician, I have the honor -- and challenge -- of communicating these complex topics to my patients while offering therapeutic options to improve their health and quality of life. I joined Kaiser Permanente because my values align with the organization's integrative, team-based, and patient-centered approach to care and wellness. As a physician, my first priority is listening to patients to learn about their symptoms and then identifying care goals through shared decision-making. In particular, I have a passion for treating all urologic cancers, for which I completed additional specialty fellowship training.
I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. An avid soccer player during my youth, I also played soccer for the University of Portland in Oregon and then professionally for the Portland Timbers (now a Major League Soccer team). During my time there, I coached youth soccer for more than a decade, which was a great joy. Subsequently, I enrolled in medical school at Oregon Health and Sciences University. I returned to my home state for residency and fellowship at the University of Washington.
Running is my main source of exercise. I enjoy playing golf as well and continue to play soccer with my children or recreationally when my schedule allows. I enjoy reading, particularly science and medical literature. My approach to staying healthy is exercising, eating vegetables, and getting enough sleep. Daily family time is a priority.