What are your specialties and certifications?
Family Medicine Physician, Board certified by the AOBFP.
Why did you go into medicine? Why did you choose your particular field?
I find medicine fascinating and the constant evolution of treatment is
amazing. I wanted to be able to treat families and all ages.
What are some of your clinical interests?
Women's Health, Geriatrics, Osteopathic Manipulation.
What do you love about practicing medicine?
I love taking care of families.
"I try to listen to my patients and help them get to a place of better
health. I try to support my patients and get them the resources that will
best assist them in their goals."
What is your philosophy of care?
I believe that wellness generally begins with a good foundation of internal
wellbeing mind and body and often the two are interconnected. I believe
in general whole body health, which begins with healthy habits. Additionally,
less medication is usually better. I try to listen to my patients and
help them get to a place of better health. I try to support my patients
and get them the resources that will best assist them in their goals.
What can your patients expect during an appointment?
They can expect to have me actively questioning and listening to them during
their visit. I try to take my time to the best of my ability and schedule.
What do you wish you could tell every patient (and they would actually
do) and why?
I would tell them to get as active as they can, and get involved. Isolation
and inactivity are the worst things we can do for our mental and physical
health. Diet plays a role but physical activity, community involvement-
that can be based on what ever your interests are can be so important.
Additionally, please bring in all of your medications to an appointment,
What have your patients taught you?
They have taught me to expect the unexpected. Patients have an amazing
ability to recover from things I would never have expected. Our body's
ability to heal is astounding. They have taught me the importance of listening.
Who is someone you admire, and why?
AT STILL, he is the founder of osteopathic philosophy.
Where did you grow up?
"We love to fish, hike, and be outside. The Bitterroot Valley is a
great place to raise a family."
What brought you to the Bitterroot Valley?
I have always wanted to do rural family medicine, I did a rural family
medicine residency in Maine. We love to fish, hike, and be outside. The
Bitterroot Valley is a great place to raise a family.
What do you enjoy about living and working in a small community like ours?
I like getting to be a part of the community, and I enjoy seeing my patients
in the community.
Living in such a close-knit community, how do you create a successful work–life balance?
I have a supportive spouse, and I enjoy working for Marcus Daly and getting
to balance my practice the way I do.
What are some of your non-professional interests and favorite hobbies?
Spending time with my husband and children. I love to hike, garden, bake,
and read. I have begun to enjoy going to the gym. I enjoy being part of
a local church. My latest hobby is raising chickens.
Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
I was in the Air Force after residency for several years.
Do you have pets?
I two dogs, a cat, and six chickens.