I am a family physician and 24 year Orcas resident. I studied at Harvard, the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine. I landed on Orcas in 1997 to work at the Orcas Medical Center after 6 years with the US Indian Health Service on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. I stepped away from the Orcas clinic in 2003 to pursue a degree in Tropical Medicine in London though I have returned to work as a fill-in physician here several times. I currently work primarily as a hospitalist at Peacehealth St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham.
I was the first Commissioner to run for reelection (unopposed as it turned out), and I remain keenly interested in continuing to work towards an excellent health care system that truly meets our needs. I look forward to continuing to partner with my fellow Commissioners, our new Island Hospital partners and the clinicians to shape our clinic into a model for a rural island health care system.
I have also worked as a volunteer physician in Zambia and Honduras, and I remain passionately interested in tropical and travel medicine. In my spare time, I hike, backpack, kayak, ski, garden and play my ukulele.