I feel very strongly about involving patients in the decisions related to their care. Whether it’s discussing preventative steps to maintain optimal health or making decisions about the best course of treatment or surgery, I want my patients to play an active role in understanding and making these decisions.
The field of obstetrics and gynecology is diverse and I enjoy providing care that mirrors this. From in-office procedures to minimally invasive gynecological surgery, routine to high-risk obstetrics, contraception to help with fertility, and ultimately the transition into menopause, I am passionate about providing all of my patients with quality care.
What makes Colorado home to you?
After growing up in Nebraska and then attending Creighton for undergrad and medical school, I moved to Colorado in 2007 for residency and have been here since. During that time, I discovered what a wonderful backyard we have here in the foothills and the Rockies. I love spending time outside in the mountains camping and hiking and I am happy to call Colorado home.
What are your passions outside of work?
I caught the travel bug as a medical student, and really love exploring and learning about different countries. After residency, I lived and worked in Australia for 1 year. It was so interesting to see how my field of medicine was practiced elsewhere. I already mentioned how much I love spending time outdoors, but I can be a pretty happy person at home too, cooking, knitting, playing the piano, enjoying a good book, or trying to keep all my plants alive.
Why did you become an OB/GYN?
I was first drawn to a career in health care when I started working as a certified nursing assistant in high school. Learning a bit about medicine during this training was fascinating, and I really enjoyed the residents with whom I worked on a daily basis. I initially thought I would become a family medicine doctor or internist; but then, I saw my first cesarean section as a young medical student. It really was incredible, and that experience is what put me on the path to become an Ob-Gyn. I love the variety this field offers and the patients I see and I can’t imagine doing anything else!
What in your career are you most proud?
I am a clinician at heart. Working directly with patients is what I love doing, and providing excellent care to people every day is what I am most proud of.
What is the most important part of your job?
Creating a safe space. Obstetrics and gynecology is a very intimate field, and I want patients to be able to have an open dialogue with me and share their concerns without fear of judgment.