I believe in the ability to positively impact every person’s life, one patient at a time. Whether it is getting the high school athlete healthy so she can be on her school’s varsity team or the weekend warrior strong to complete his first marathon, I believe it is my job as a sports medicine physician to partner with my patients to help them accomplish their individual goals. I truly do strive to care for the whole person, mind, body and spirit in my sports medicine practice. Incorporating my osteopathic roots, I look at each patient as a system which needs to be healthy in its entirety. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know each of my patients individually in order to provide the best possible treatment plan for each person. As a previous competitive figure skater, I understand many different aspects of sports medicine and am, frequently, able to relate to my patients from when I was the patient on the exam table.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my husband and two daughters as well as wildlife and landscape photography, Rocky Mountain wildflowers, music, dance, and any chance to get outside and be in nature and with animals. We love watching our two young daughters grow and enjoy all the wonderfully, unique adventures Colorado and the West have to offer. In addition, we love our community and neighborhood. I love to read and as a child of a World War II Marine veteran, I have a special passion for WWII literature.
Qualifications and experience
- Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Family Medicine, Spine, Wellness and Lifestyle, Injuries and Wounds, Child and Teen Health, Injuries and Wounds - Wounds, Wellness and Lifestyle - Exercise and Physical Fitness, Spine - Spondylolysis, Spine - Spondylolisthesis, Spine - Slipped Disc, Spine - Scoliosis, Spine - Sciatica, Spine - Radiculopathy, Spine - Lumbar spinal stenosis, Spine - Lumbar disc herniation, Spine - Degenerative Scoliosis, Spine - Degenerative Disc Disease, Spine - Cervical spinal stenosis, Spine - Cervical disc herniation, Sacroiliac Joint, Primary Care, Child and Teen Health - Teen Health, Child and Teen Health - Pediatric Diseases and Conditions, Child and Teen Health - Children's Health, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Sprains and Strains, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Shoulder Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Scoliosis, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Osteoporosis, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Neck Disorders and Injuries, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Leg Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Knee Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Hip Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Bone Infections, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Arthritis, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Fractures, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Foot and Ankle Injuries and Disorders, Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain, Bones, Joints and Muscles
- Languages spoken
Toledo Hospital Program (2009)
Resurrection Medical Center Program (2006)
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (2005)
Resurrection Medical Center Program (2008)
North Central College (IL) (1999)
- Clinical interest for patients
Women in Sports Medicine/Female Athlete Triad
Primary Care Sports Medicine
- Research interest for patients
Concussion - I currently serve on Boulder Valley School District Brain Injury Resource Team, where we have created and implemented a concussion policy for all Boulder Valley School District children, from elementary school up to high school. Our future research will be centered around implementation and creation of school policy to assist concussed children sooner and more efficiently within schools. In addition to epidemiological data, we are creating a forum where we can provide earlier active interventions for concussed students to avoid long term sequelae from concussion.
- Volunteer activities
I am committed and passionate about education, development of youth self esteem and youth physical and mental health. Any chance I can get I am happy to be found at community fairs and outreach events. In addition, I am passionate about women's health in all stages of life, from childhood issues to geriatric issues. I am an advocate for education being the key to success so love to also serve at community fairs to highlight women's health issues. Finally, I do free lectures to local dance and other performing arts studios/facilities, in order to raise more awareness of the treatment of the Athlete in the Arts.