The most common diseases in today’s America are the so-called “lifestyle” diseases, in which diet and exercise play a large role. I have an educational, collaborative approach to health care, and I emphasize healthy diet, regular exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices, such as quitting smoking and wearing seatbelts. I see myself as a cheerleader or coach, whose job it is to educate and motivate patients about diet and exercise, cheering their successes, and not to scold them.
I like to involve a patient as a partner in all phases of their treatment, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the various options. I am firmly grounded, however, in the principles of evidence-based treatment and I won’t hesitate to prescribe medication if the patient would benefit from them. I’m not afraid to say “I don’t know” and to order various diagnostic tests or to refer to experts in the various medical fields to assist with management.
This approach takes time, and I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I like to give each problem the focus and attention it deserves, and therefore discourage the evaluation and management of several problems in one visit. A patients’ problems are too important to deal with them hastily and in passing.
I like people and I like getting to know them over time, helping them live long, healthy lives. I like science and am fascinated by the latest developments in medicine. I enjoy reading medical studies and journals, not just as a duty, but out of sheer curiosity and interest.
Why choose UCHealth?
Quite simple: UCHealth offers the highest quality of care available in Denver, with access to state-of-the-art treatments, testing, and specialty care.
I enjoy running with my dogs, swimming, writing poetry, and reading.
Qualifications and experience
- Internal Medicine, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Thyroid Cancer, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Nutrition and Metabolism - Weight Loss and Dieting, Heart and Circulation - Heart Diseases - Prevention, Heart and Circulation - High Blood Pressure, Pregnancy and Reproduction - Endocrine Disorders, Primary Care, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Adult Type 2 Diabetes
- Languages spoken
Doctor of Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine (1992)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Member Board Specialty Year of Issuance National Board of Medical Examiners National Board of Medical Examiners Internal medicine 1993
- Clinical interest for patients
Diabetes and prediabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride problems, thyroid disease, medical problems in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or blood clotting issues, asthma and allergies, polycystic ovary syndrome, sleep apnea, nutrition and exercise.