What are your specialties and certifications?
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology board certified.
Why did you go into medicine? Why did you choose your particular field?
I enjoyed building a lifelong rapport with my patients, celebrating the
happy moments and helping guide them through the more challenging times.
What are some of your clinical interests?
High risk obstetrics, teen and adolescent care, minimally invasive gynecologic
What do you love about practicing medicine?
My relationships with patients.
"To develop and implement a safe care plan consistent with my patient's
goals and best interest is my philosophy of care."
What is your philosophy of care?
To develop and implement a safe care plan consistent with my patient's
goals and best interest.
What do you most want people to know about the way you practice medicine?
I practice safe, evidence-based medicine tailored to each patient's
goals and needs.
What can your patients expect during an appointment?
Compassionate care with attention and expertise.
What do you wish you could tell every patient (and they would actually
do) and why?
Have a regular check-up with a gynecologist, even after your childbearing
What have your patients taught you?
To listen carefully and attentively.
Who is someone you admire, and why?
My family has always been my biggest supporters, even when it meant making
sacrifices for themselves.
Where did you grow up?
What brought you to the Bitterroot Valley?
The beauty and majesty of the Valley itself.
What do you enjoy about living and working in a small community like ours?
Getting to know my patients and their families.
"I think people are surprised by my knack for doodling and art! It's
a skill I wish I had developed more."
Living in such a close-knit community, how do you create a successful work–life balance?
In a positive work environment, there are many colleagues and coworkers
on whom I can rely to help support my patients and myself. In turn, I
enjoy providing this support to others.
What are some of your non-professional interests and favorite hobbies?
Hiking, drawing, and spending time with family.
Is there anything about you that might surprise people?
I think people are surprised by my knack for doodling and art! It's
a skill I wish I had developed more.
What would be your personal motto?
The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is attitude.
Do you have pets?
Yes - two dogs. A miniature dachshund and a German shorthaired pointer.