Growing up, medicine was always a part of my family. Both my father and uncle were family medicine physicians and my aunt was a nurse. I followed in their footsteps, attending nursing school and spent many great years as an emergency room nurse. Yet, I still wanted more. So, after my second child, I went on to medical school and earned my doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, as my father and uncle had done.
In my practice, I treat my patients like they are part of my family and do my best to give them the tools they need to be healthy. The ultimate goal is ensuring patients are responsible for their own health.
I believe my patients appreciate my ability to listen. I take the time to talk with them before delving in to any type of medical exam. I aim to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit - not just the “broken bones” or chronic condition. Through the years, I have taken a special interest in preventative health, women’s health and diabetes.
On a daily basis, I see newborn to seniors. Being a mom and having raised three children helps me better understand the challenges parents face. I am here to support them in every way possible. I encourage all my patients to talk to me and be open with what is going on in their life. Listening to the patient always gives the best insight on how to correctly diagnose and treat them.
I am originally from Michigan, but have lived in Tucson ever since my internship. Outside of work, I enjoy knitting, traveling, reading and spending time with my grandchildren.