University of Arizona College of Medicine, 1983
Post Graduate Training:
Affiliate University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, 1986
I have been part of the faculty of Goppert-Trinity Family Care and the
Research Family Medicine Residency Program since January 1993. I
obtained my medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson in
1983, and completed my post-graduate training in FamilyMedicine through
the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1986. After residency, I
joined a semi-rural group practice in Illinois for 6½
years providing care in the clinic and hospital, assisting in
general surgeries, and providing obstetrical care, delivering an average
of 50 babies yearly.
However, I missed the academic environment, and had always wanted to be
closely involved with medical education. On meeting the people at
this program, it felt like 'home'. Throughout the time I've been
here, it continues to feel like 'home' and 'family'. Due to the
people here, the environment remains very supportive even with the many
changes in people and personalities as resident classes come and go.
I hear repeatedly from applicants the observation our residents and
faculty clearly enjoy being here. Our program has always focused
on maintaining the best education possible, and an open, sharing
environment for questions and ideas by faculty and residents. We
encourage our providers to grow both professionally and personally.
My personal philosophy on teaching and learning involves the necessity
of curiosity. The simple word 'why' is often our most powerful
tool in gaining knowledge and skills, in sight into a patient's medical
condition, learning about the patient's motivation for behavior, or
understanding our own attitudes, behaviors and motivations. We
learn best maintaining adaptability and flexibility, with the
realization that learning for both faculty and residents is
developmental and life long.
I have special interests in women's health, obstetrics, pediatrics and
preventive health and
also greatly enjoy my relationship with my daughter Meagan, who gives me
perspective on families and what truly matters in life. She is
bright and creative, and we have fun discussing recipes she researches
and creates for her gluten free blog. With both having under
graduate degrees in chemistry, we often share some what 'geeky'
conversations on things like nutrition and effects of the microbiome on
health. Outside of work, I also enjoy singing, gardening and
a variety music, arts and crafts.