What are your specialties and certifications?
Family Medicine with Obstetrics.
Why did you go into medicine? Why did you choose your particular field?
I grew up in a small town in eastern Montana and I always wanted to live
and serve a small community where they is a need for family physicians.
What are some of your clinical interests?
I love all aspects of family medicine, especially because I am able to
continue the care from pregnancy to delivery and watching that child grow
up to adulthood.
What do you love about practicing medicine?
The most satisfying aspect of family medicine is the relationship I build
with a person then soon with the entire family and extended family.
"It is not all about what I can do to help patients but much about
what they can do to stay healthy and live strong."
What is your philosophy of care?
I want my patients to feel empowered to make the right decision on their
health care. It is not all about what I can do to help patients but much
about what they can do to stay healthy and live strong.
What do you most want people to know about the way you practice medicine?
I want people to want to stay healthy with healthy habits. I strongly feel
that this takes concerted effort, which takes my guidance and their willingness
to work towards a same goal.
What can your patients expect during an appointment?
It depends on the type of visit they have scheduled. Wellness visit is
time to discuss topics that will keep people healthy, preventative and
screening measures. These patients usually have fasting labs done and
ready to discuss. We may update their vaccines, discuss other important
habits to stay healthy. I often refill meds and plan for future visits
For problem based visits, I want patients to have the topics of discussion
ready and written down. I usually will try to address as much as I can
during our visit but at times they may need to choose the most troublesome
problems. I respect my patient's time as much as my own schedule but
I also understand the urgency and seriousness of some of the issues I
address daily thus my daily goal is to be on time and be as efficient
in patient care.
What do you wish you could tell every patient (and they would actually
do) and why?
Start healthy habits in childhood, stay active in adulthood, and keep moving
until the end. We can't control all that happens in life but the quality
of life is something we have some control over.
What have your patients taught you?
I learn from patients everyday and I "practice" medicine because
I am still learning. I am always impressed by and remember those patients
who stay positive and strong through most challenging health crisis. This
often reminds me how resilient human can be, which I strive to practice.
"I thought it [the Bitterroot Valley] was a great place to raise a
family where I can practice medicine and be surrounded by beauty of nature.
Now I know this is true."
Where did you grow up?
What brought you to the Bitterroot Valley?
I thought it was a great place to raise a family where I can practice medicine
and be surrounded by beauty of nature. Now I know this is true.
What do you enjoy about living and working in a small community like ours?
I like the fact that I know my patients and that I can provide a place
where they can get medical care by a local physician who share the joy
of small town living.
Living in such a close-knit community, how do you create a successful work–life balance?
Sometimes this is not easy because my practice is only getting bigger,
it seems. But people are very respectful of my time. I didn't expect
that clear balance when I decided to practice in a small community so
this is a trivial problem when I am expected to mix in work as I am trying
to be a mom or a community member.
What are some of your non-professional interests and favorite hobbies?
Gardening, running, and music with my children.
Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
Do you have pets?