Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience
Family Medicine Residency: Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency
MPH: Boston University School of Public Health
The practice of osteopathic family medicine has been a gift that I am still unwrapping. Mostly, it allows me the opportunity to encourage health by the use of my mind, body and heart. I am grateful for the permission I am given to enter into the powerful struggles of birthing, of dying and of encountering life at a deep and meaningful level. By meeting people at a juncture where life has become difficult or more confusing, I am honored to utilize the training I have received and the experience I have gained and serve those who need care, especially those who have a difficult time affording it.
My undergraduate degree in world peace studies and master’s in public health with a concentration in health promotion combine with my practice of osteopathic family medicine and allow me to integrate my desire to seek the health which lies within. It is my hope that fully contented, healthy individuals will help to create a more just world order.
Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency drew me by its commitment to the underserved in rural Maine and its unabashed welcoming of diversity of opinion and lifestyle. Having met my husband in Alaska, we were drawn to the northern clime but had been more inclined to stay West. My preceptor for my student rotation in geriatrics, Dr. Karen Gershman, introduced me to the sweet waters of Jamie’s Pond, and to the potential wonders of life at the Residency and I was won over. I became chief resident, practiced at a rural FQHC for several years and then returned as faculty.
My husband of 15 years, two school aged children and I live in a solar off-the-grid home with a view of Jamie’s Pond and of Mount Washington. During the summer we eat our own organic vegetables out of the garden, during the winter we can ski out our back door for hours and otherwise live a life that we would choose all over again.