As a Family Physician, I find great fulfillment in caring for the primary care needs of all ages: from babies to children, teenagers, adults and often the whole family. Whether treating acute illness, managing chronic disease, or providing preventative health, I am enriched by the variety of patients I am privileged to serve. My goal is to establish trust as a provider through active listening, communication, and learning goals of care. I use these skills to partner with my patients in collaborating quality driven, evidence based outcomes in order to promote health and well-being. In addition to broad spectrum family medicine, I have special interests in pediatric and adolescent care, mental health, skin conditions, and sports/ musculoskeletal medicine.
My Medical Education:
I received my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree through Des Moines University. I subsequently went on to complete residency training through the University of Minnesota, and I am currently Board Certified in Family Medicine. I am often asked what a DO means and how this might impact patient care. My patients find that I I practice similarly--if not the same--as other MDs in my specialty. Often there is no difference. That being said, I chose osteopathic medicine as my foundation of medical education because of its emphasis on primary care and focus on treating the "whole" patient. I work hard to understand individual goals of care, and try to think broadly as far as diagnosis and management.