I attended medical school at the University of New Mexico after completing degrees in biology and economics. While training to be a physician, I studied and explored the health care system in Nicaragua. I was touched by the severe poverty and need for primary care. When I returned, I helped establish a medical foundation to assist with medical needs in underserved areas of the world. While studying healthcare disparity and the importance of preventative care, I developed a passion for family medicine. After medical school I stayed at the University of New Mexico to complete my board certification and residency in family medicine.
I have a strong belief in primary care and the role I play as a family medicine doctor in our healthcare system. I believe in developing strong relationships with my patients through clear communication, information sharing, and trust. I have extensive experience treating heart disease, pneumonia, asthma and diabetes. Regardless of the ailment we are treating, I believe the best health for my patients develops out of shared decision making, often integrating other healing modalities, and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
My family and I are moving to Bellingham from Alaska, where we had the very fortunate experience of living near Prince William Sound in a remote and beautiful part of the world. My husband and I like to get our two children outdoors – hiking, kayaking, skiing and exploring – as often as possible. We are thrilled to be in the Bellingham area where we are closer to family and can explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest.