I believe that the most important person in patient care is the patient. I strive to empower my patients to take as much control as they can of their health and any illnesses so that life feels less out of control and more predictable and fun.
When I’m not working, I enjoy the company of my family; I also practice what I preach and try to maintain a work-life balance; run, hike / backpack, and do high intensity interval training, and eat well though I can relate to the struggles my patients face!
Qualifications and experience
- Internal Medicine, Wellness and Lifestyle, Primary Care, Wellness and Lifestyle - Exercise and Physical Fitness
- Languages spoken
University of Colorado (1993)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (1992)
University of Colorado (1995)
University of Colorado (1996)
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (NC) (1988)
- Clinical interest for patients
Until taking the position of interim Medical Director with Patient Coordinated Services in September 2017, where I now have a limited practice and see patients in the Executive Health Program, I had a primary care practice with UCH at Lowry, and I was the medical director for the Center for Integrative Medicine (since the clinic opened in 2001). I remain passionate about using lifestyle (exercise, nutrition, sleep, mind/body) and evidence-based complementary medicine approaches (like acupuncture, chiropractic, massage) for health. If we can improve health without medication, all the better! I believe that the patient is at the center of the medical team, and if truly engaged in their own health care, willing to do the work necessary to improve health (emphasizing lifestyle approaches) then we can minimize the use of more invasive therapies. This requires an active, involved patient - the opposite of the "old way." I enjoy working with adult patients of all ages and my goal is to make them feel as well as possible, even when battling illness, and to maintain wellness with the above approaches, medications if needed, and age-appropriate preventive health screenings.
- Research interest for patients
I, along with the other practitioner members of our team, partner with researchers around the campus to conduct solid research on the use of CAM therapies for various conditions. Recent work has our chiropractor partnering with colleagues in the orthopaedics department; our acupuncturists are doing work with neurology (use of acupuncture to reduce fatigue in Parkinson's disease).
- Volunteer activities
I enjoy volunteering in my childrens' school. I have served on boards and committees nationally to provide input on CAM, and I serve on committees in our hospital to help guide policy and procedures.