To treat patients, and their families, with a deep sense of respect, humility, kindness and compassion, while helping to foster and cultivate a path to physical and emotional balance and wellness. To inspire, educate, and empower patients to make positive choices which, in the end, gives a sense of control and confidence about their health.
Why UCHealth? I spent nearly 10 years working with University Family Medicine (Dept of Family Practice) in Boulder. It was an honor and a privilege to work alongside so many wonderful and brilliant people, and be part of a cutting-edge academic environment. My family and I left the area for several years to pursue a more rural lifestyle but in the end decided to return to the Boulder area. The University always felt like home and I am delighted and excited to be back!
Why did you get into this profession? After graduating in 1981 with a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA I moved to Boulder, CO to pursue my passion of working in the field of Wilderness and Environmental Education. After teaching in various programs, including an internship with the Teton Science School in Jackson, WY, working as an instructor for the Colorado Outward Bound School, as well as being a participant on several mountaineering expeditions, I became inspired to pursue a career in medicine. While in the remote mountains of Peru on a climbing trip, I remember becoming very clear that I would return and start my studies. After doing some research I learned about the Physician Assistant profession and felt that it would allow me the opportunity to focus my natural tendency to nurture, and be in service to others. In 1992 I graduated from the University of Colorado Physician Assistant Program and have been working as a PA ever since.
Hobbies: I love to spend time with my family. I love outdoor adventures such as running, skiing, swimming, mountains and travel. I enjoy singing and playing music.
Family/Volunteer information: My husband John and I have 2 girls ages 7 and 9, as well as my stepson, age 24. We have a dog name Sophie, and a cat named Kitty boy. The future plan is for chickens, goats and a horse! My volunteer time is primarily devoted to our daughters’ school, Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot.
Qualifications and experience
- Urgent Care
- Languages spoken
University of Massachusetts
Physician Assistant Studies
Univeristy of Colorado Health Sciences Center
- Clinical interest for patients
My clinical interests include Integrative and complementary medicine, Pediatrics, Sports Medicine, and Travel and Wilderness medicine.
- Research interest for patients
My research interests include Body-Mind medicine, maternal/child health, preventative medicine and healthy lifestyles, and high altitude physiology.