Why did you decide to become a physician?
I knew that I wanted a dynamic job in a field where I would be able to interact with and help people. I enjoy the challenges that my job presents on a daily basis.
What are your clinical areas of interest?
One of the advantages of practicing Family Medicine is that I can have a wide spectrum of interests in my practice. I like the variety that each day presents. The days that I like the most are the days that I see a so many different patients- different ages, different problems, some acute, some chronic, along with preventative healthcare.
What is your philosophy of patient care?
My job is to inform and educate patients. It is up to the patient as to the final decision that is made. It is not my job to decide what the right answer is. I am there to help them reach the most appropriate decision regarding their health care as it pertains to them.
How do you spend your free time? (family, hobbies, interests, volunteer activities, etc.)
I enjoy spending my time away from work with my immediate and extended family. My husband Aaron and I have three children: Carson, age 6, Anna, age 4, and Grant, age 2. Aaron and I both enjoy various forms of exercise, and anything that involves being outside. I keep myself motivated to stay in shape by occasionally entering triathlons or road races, including half marathons. I do feel it is important for me to lead by example with my exercise and eating habits.
Provide an interesting anecdote about you.
My biggest weakness is traveling. I have told my husband that I think it would be fun if we could take our children to each of the 50 states before they graduate from high school. We'll see how it goes....He is pretty sure I am crazy. Aaron was actually interviewed for an article on cnn.com about our family and our traveling habits.