Being a physician is like being a teacher. I love teaching patients about how their bodies work. I learn so much from them too. It’s important to be a good listener. Most of the time, patients will tell you what is wrong with them if you just listen. We give a high level of personal care to our patients because they are our friends and neighbors.
Urology is a nice balance between an office practice and a surgical practice. We have some of the greatest tools in medicine to be able to provide minimally-invasive surgery. Most of the time, patients come to us with a problem, and we can fix it.
I am on the Executive Board and Carrier Advisory Committee of the Washington State Urology Society, which emphasizes advocacy and education for the urology specialty. I am proud of my involvement in the medical leadership at Olympic Medical Center: Chief of Staff (2014-2015), Chief of Surgery (2008-2011) and Medical Executive Committee (2000-2014).
I’ve been married to my husband Dean since 1976. We moved here in 1992 looking for a good place to raise our family. It is a great place to practice medicine. We have two grown sons – one in accounting and the other in radiation health physics. I enjoy hiking, reading, playing the piano, cooking and spending time with my dog.