Yogurt of Ice Cream?

Ice cream. Baskin-Robbins vanilla chocolate chip.

PC or Apple?

Apple.

Beach or Mountains?

Both. We are pretty lucky to live in Oregon.

Early Bird or Night Owl?

Early Bird.

Dog or Cat?

Neither. I have never had any pets.

Run or Walk?

Walk. I take a 3.5 mile loop on my off-days.

Beavers or Ducks?

Ducks. My husband and his family are serious fans.

First Job?

Grocery Store Bagger.

College Summer Job?

I spent a summer working in Yosemite National Park and lived in a tent cabin.

Next Book on your list?

"Grit" by Angela Duckworth.

Favorite Board Game?

Settlers of Catan. Our family is obsessed.

Yogurt or Ice cream?

Ice Cream

PC or Apple?

Apple

Beach or Mountain?

Beach. But tropical beach, not Northwest beach.

Early Bird or Night Owl?

Early Bird

Eat or Sleep?

As I have a baby at home now, I would say sleep!

Dog or Cat?

Dog

Beavers or Ducks?

Duck by marriage, but I bleed purple. Go Huskies!!!

HS College Med School Residency?

Juanita HS in Kirkland, Wa College and Medical School and Residency at the University of Washington (see above)

Football or Soccer?

Soccer

CD in car?

Pandora. Snow Patrol or Caspar Babypants, depending on who is in the car with me.

First job?

Lifeguard

What job would you do if you were not a Pediatrician?

I would probably be a high school science teacher

Favorite movie, book, board game?

Movie: Beaches or Steal Magnolias
Book: The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway
Board Game: Not exactly a board game, but Dominos is fun!

Motto for life?

Live and let live

Hobbies?

Cook, garden, golf

Favorite subject in school?

Biology and Band (I was a saxophone player once upon a time)

What plans to learn or accomplish next year?

I am hoping to improve my golf game this year

Where did you grow up?

Kirkland, Washington

When decide to be Pediatrician?

High School. I went to medical school knowing that is what I wanted to do.

Yogurt or Ice cream?

Ice cream … no frozen yogurt…no ice cream… do I really have to choose?

PC or Apple?

Mac

Beach or Mountain?

Beach

Early Bird or Night Owl?

Used to be a night owl, but slowly transforming into an early bird in order to get things done and then enjoy the day

Eat or Sleep?

Probably eat then immediately fall asleep

Dog or Cat?

Officially became a dog person 5 years ago after my husband and I rescued our black lab

Run or Walk?

Walk

Beavers or Duck

Ducks

HS College Med School Residency?

Santa Margarita Catholic HS (California), UC San Diego for College (Muir college for those in the know), then OHSU for med school and residency

Dressy Casual?

Definitely casual

Football Soccer?

Soccer

Favorite Color?

Purple

Book reading?

Hands of my father (autobiography about the childhood of a hearing son raised by deaf parents in the 1940’s)

CD in car?

I’m more of a podcast fan as I love hearing stories– current favorites are “The Moth” and “Radio Lab”

First Job?

Filing Clerk. – spent 8 hours a day during summer break of thinking of my 3rd grade teacher who taught me to alphabetize. Thanks Mrs. Christensen!

What job would you do if you were not a Pediatrician

I love food and think it would be so fun to be a food critic, though I'd probably get in trouble for not criticizing enough and thinking it's all delicious!

Favorite board game?

as a kid it was Chutes and Ladders, now I love Balderdash

Hobbies?

Cooking , Hiking, Camping and spending time with my husband, family and friends

Favorite subject school?

English

Where did you grow up ?

San Juan Capistrano, California

When decide to be Pediatrician?

4th year of college

Whom do you most admire?

My mom was an incredible woman who treated people with warmth and kindness, and made everyone she met feel like they had just gained a friend.

What plans to learn or accomplish next year?

Learn to garden (currently my skills stop at expert leaf raker and weeder), working on running my first ½ Marathon, long term I’d love to learn to ballroom dancing though I have 2 left feet.

Yogurt or Ice cream?

ice cream

PC or Apple?

Definitely Apple. As a kid we had one of the first Apple models in our home, so it's what I've always known.

Beach or Mountain

this used to be a harder question for me until I moved away from the ocean for my training and missed it terribly, so now I choose beach

Early Bird or Night Owl

Night owl

Eat or Sleep

Sleep. I can (and do) fall asleep anywhere. I think it's a leftover survival technique from med school and residency.

Dog or Cat

dog, though we have neither currently. Hoping to fix that soon.

Run or Walk

Hike! (Though right now with a pregnant belly I'm content just to waddle)

Beavers or Duck or other

When choosing among Oregon teams, I'm a Ducks fan but really I'm a recently converted Michigan fan. Go Blue!!

HS or College

college. Loved all of it.

Dressy or Casual

Casual

Football or Soccer

I play neither but love watching college football

Book currently reading

a combination of What to Expect When You're Expecting, Happiest Baby on the Block, and a series of light detective/murder mystery novels

CD in car

it's an eclectic mix, but currently my iPod is going back and forth between Phillip Phillips and Zac Brown Band

Whom do you admire the most

it's hard to pick just one, but I have a series of pediatrician mentors in med school and residency who not only were superb and compassionate physicians but also wonderful parents, educators, and advocates. I aspire to be like them.

Color Car or Favorite color

blue for everything

First Job

After college I spent a year as a teaching assistant in an elementary school

What job would you do if you were not a Pediatrician

a travel photographer for National Geographic (dream big!)

Proud of or proudest moment

marrying my high school sweetheart and best friend

Favorite movie, book, or game

after living in Michigan, my husband and I are hooked on the Midwest card game Euchre

Greatest accomplishment

my husband and I coordinating our training so we finished residency and law school at the same time, getting jobs in the Portland area that we love, and ending up back in the Pacific Northwest as we had always planned!

Hobbies

photography, riding horses, and playing the piano

Motto on life

Live the life you love, love the life you live

Favorite subject school

music theory in college (I minored in music) and my ballroom dance classes

What plans to learn or do next year

I'm excited to become a mom for the first time and the journey that is in store for me!

Where did you grow up

West Linn, Oregon

When decide to be Pediatrician

officially in college, but I had been thinking about it all through high school.

Yogurt or Ice cream?

Ice cream. Mmmmm.

Beach or Mountain

Beach…a warm one…or a pool overlooking a beach!

Early Bird or Night Owl

Night Owl.

Eat Sleep

Sleep. Sleeping in, especially!

Run or Walk

Walk. Usually while pushing a jogging stroller.

Beavers or Duck

What?! Stanford! GO CARD!

HS or College

Med school – met my husband!

Dressy or Casual

Depends on my mood…and how much time I’ve got to get ready!

Football or Soccer

Football. To watch only, not play.

Book you are currently reading

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Current CD in car

My boys’ favorite mix CD from a friend’s birthday party last year…lots of “Ho-Hey” by the Lumineers and “Home” by Edward Sharpe

First Job

Selling retail clothes at a local shop near my home.

What job would you do if your were not a Pediatrician

I’d own a small bridal boutique! After it closed in the evening, I’d wear a dress around the shop like Monica and Phoebe did in the apartment on “Friends.”

Proud of or proudest moment

The births of my 2 boys – Jack and Sam. I remember everything.

Favorite movie, book, board game

Movie – Moonrise Kingdom. Book – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Board Game – right now we are into Sorry or kids’ Monopoly.

Hobbies

Cooking, knitting, getting outside with my guys!

Motto on life

Family dinner is important! As many nights as is reasonable in your family – it’s important to make an effort. Good for nutrition, communication, connection – start this habit early!

Favorite subject in school

AP Bio with Mrs. Katz in high school. Bioethics Seminar in college.

What plans to learn or do next year

Just did yoga for the first time. I think I’ll get into that.

Where did you grow up

Seattle WA

When did you decide to be Pediatrician

High school

Book you are reading now:

House of Sand and Fog

Favorite radio station or CD in car:

Margaritaville Radio, at least until the free one year of it ends.

Person you admire the most:

Abraham Lincoln. I recently watched a PBS show about him, and can’t believe the stress he experienced, and the insight and cleverness he showed in his responses.

Color of your car or favorite color:

Dirt… it makes it easy to schedule a carwash every 5- 10 years.

First Job:

Surgery orderly at my hometown hospital. I got to observe surgery and talk to doctors between mopping the floors.

What is your approach to pediatrics?

I try to tailor my interaction with my patient to whatever stage of development he or she is in. For example, the 15 month checkup is notoriously, in pediatrics, the most difficult one… I tell parents that 9 month-olds are puppies, 12 month-olds are kittens, but 15 month-olds are baby badgers – it’s just the nature of that age. I’m sure I’m not unique among pediatricians, but I do find it rewarding that I can usually manage to move slowly, interact carefully, and manage to get through the checkup without upsetting the child. I am definitely not always successful, but I think I have learned some things over the years that give me some insight.

Favorite movie, book, or board game:

My favorite movie is “Forrest Gump.” I’ve watched it with my kids about 20 times. I always find something new in it.

Hobbies?

I like to take walks and practice playing my ukulele (I’m not very good, at least at playing ukulele… I’m OK at walking).

Motto on life:

Try to enjoy everything, do as much as you are able to, and do what you can to help others do the same—and enjoy the simple humor and pleasures in life.

Favorite Subject in school (college):

I always liked History… my favorite novels and National Geographic articles are based on the past. If I were given a Time Machine, I would go backward, not to the future. The late 1700′s seems like a neat time. I bet you could take an iPhone with you and within minutes a renaissance kid would be playing a game! (And showing you how to get an App!)

Where did you grow up?

Beaumont, Texas… it almost counts as Louisiana, it’s so close—nothing to brag about, but a nice place to grow up. We had a lakehouse we’d go to on weekends… we’d sail, ski, swim, and find arrowheads and pottery on the beaches. I went to college at the University of Texas—Hook ‘Em Horns!—then medical school at UT Medical Branch in Galveston.

Yogurt or Ice cream?

Ice cream

PC or Mac?

Mac

Beach or Mountain?

Beach

Early Bird or Night Owl?

Night owl

Eat or Sleep?

Eat

Dog or Cat?

Dog

Run or Walk?

Walk

High School or College?

College

Dressy or Casual?

Casual

Heel or Flats?

Flats

Lipstick or Chapstick?

Chapstick

Football or Soccer?

Football

Favorite movie:

Forrest Gump

Family:

Happily married to my high school sweetheart. We have a 6 year old, a 3 year old, and surprise baby number 3 on the way.

Book reading now:

Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen. I am always looking for good resources for parents, and enjoy the benefits of learning more as a mom myself, too!

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

Age 12 – I wrote an essay on becoming a space medicine doctor, and won a scholarship to Space Camp in Alabama which was big time for a small town girl who had only been to one other state in her life.

First Job:

Bank teller – though I had truly been working for years in my family’s preschool/daycare center before that.

What job if not MD?

Probably a veterinarian – I am a softy when it comes to animals

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Philomath, Oregon, a small town outside of Corvallis best known for it’s Paul’s Place burgers as you pass through on the way to the coast. Delicious!

Person I admire most:

My mom. She is the strongest, yet most gentle person I know. She taught me the meaning of perseverance. She has believed in me always, and has helped me become who I am today.

Book you are reading now:

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Favorite radio station or CD in car:

Honestly… Sesame Street Platinum Too and Disney Princess Songs. I can get halfway to work before I realize I’m alone in the car singing along with Elmo.

Person you admire the most:

My mom! I hope I’m able to pull off my working mother role with even a semblance of grace, warmth, and humor with which she did.

Favorite color:

Blue, all shades.

First Job:

Rooming patients as an Ear, Nose, Throat/Hearing clinic- became proficient at calling out names very LOUDLY.

What job if not a MD?

I have no idea… probably full time mom!

Favorite Books:

Anything Jane Austen- I love her wit, and also at the moment… Ina Garten’s cookbook, Back to Basics. It is somehow allowing me to still put home cooked meals on the table and to even entertain a bit!

Greatest Accomplishment:

I guess my answer here is a work in progress… but it would be raising these three wonderful children of mine. I’d say medical school but being up all night nursing a colicky newborn is much more relentlessly exhausting than even the worst hospital call night.

Favorite Subject in school (college):

Art History- loved it.

Favorite author:

John Steinbeck

Favorite radio station or CD in car:

NPR, Wes Montgomery, Santana, Miles Davis

Family:

Husband of 29 years and 2 children both in college

Favorite Movie:

The Muppet Movie

First Job:

Delivering tulip bulbs to the neighbors

Proudest moment:

Deciding to pursue a doctorate degree at 28 years old while being a wife and mother

When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

3rd Grade

Favorite movie, book, or board game:

A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines

Hobbies?

Gardening, bicycling, running, reading, eatingJ, being with family and friends, Timber Soccer games

Motto on life:

EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Where did you grow up?

Kalamazoo, Michigan. My parents immigrated from the Netherlands as teenagers, so I am a first generation US citizen.

As a pediatrician for the last 15 years each day continues to inspire. I enjoy the unique personalities of all the children, for example after a 5 year old patient heard she was going to receive her kindergarten vaccinations, she burst into a happy jig “let’s get this party started,” and the next 5 year old stated “no way, those hurt”. The diversity of illness, families and children make each interaction exciting.

I find joy in promoting healthy lifestyles, providing medical care, counsel and creating a clinic which serves as a medical home. On a recent visit a 4 year stated after the visit “I want to go back to the living room where the fishes are.” I enjoy staying updated on medical diagnosis and management and I also feel strongly about being an advocate for children and families who require specialized care.

Yes. I love being a pediatrician and plan on continuing to practice at The Children’s Clinic for many years to come.

Yogurt or Ice cream?

Definitely ice cream.

PC or Apple?

I’m a recent Apple convert.

Beach or Mountain?

This is a tough one. Both.

Early Bird or Night Owl?

I’m an aspiring early bird but tend to be a night owl.

Eat Sleep?

Eat.

Dog or Cat?

We have two cats but I’m trying to train them to be dogs.

Run or Walk?

Run.

Beavers or Ducks?

Easy question, Go Beavs!!

HS or College?

College.

Dressy or Casual?

Casual.

Football or Soccer?

Baseball.

What Book are you currently reading?

Just finished The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver.

What CD are you listening to in your car?

Foster the People.

Whom do you admire the most?

My parents.

Color of Car or Favorite color?

Blue or green.

First Job?

Little League umpire.

What job would you do if your were not a Pediatrician?

Woodworker/cabinetmaker.

Proud of or proudest moment?

My wedding day.

Favorite movie, book, board game?

Star Wars (4, 5 and 6), The Count of Monte Cristo and Risk.

Hobbies?

Running, golf, woodworking, gardening, cooking, backpacking.

Favorite subject in school?

Math.

What do you plan to learn or do next year?

Build a woodshop in our backyard.

Where did you grow up?

Portland.

When did you decide to be Pediatrician?

I shadowed a pediatrician at the Children’s Clinic before medical school and was hooked!