Originally from Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to attend the University or WI- Madison for my undergraduate education. There I received a double major in Zoology and Conservation Biology. I worked for several years while doing my undergraduate training and afterward working as a field biologist in Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Alaska and Belize. It was the interactions with a diversity of wonderful people during these years that led me back to medicine, as this had been my childhood dream. I attended medical school in Wisconsin where I realized my passion for pediatrics. I moved to California in 2003 to complete my pediatric training at the University of CA- San Francisco. While there I trained with many highly skilled pediatricians and specialists and grew comfortable with the great variety of information that a general pediatrician needs to know. Because of this comprehensive education, I am confident in caring for a vast range of children from those with normal growth and development to those with more specialized needs. After completing my residency training, I continued to work for UCSF, fine tuning my skills in patient care while also having the opportunity to participate in training upcoming pediatricians in the residency program. In 2008, I began working solely as a primary care physician for Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation first in San Rafael, CA and then in San Francisco. In August of 2016, responding to increasing difficulty of living in the Bay Area, a growing family and a yearning for increased access to nature, I moved with my spouse and our 2 young children to the Pacific Northwest. When I am not busy taking care of patients I am with my family reading, cooking, eating, laughing, hiking, singing and learning what it means to be Pacific Northwesterners.