I believe it is my role as a health care provider to educate my patients regarding their treatment options and deliver excellent care with compassion and integrity. I enjoy teaching people about their health conditions in order for them to have the necessary tools to be the best advocates for their own health care.
I am married and we have two teenagers: a daughter who swims year-round and a son who plays seasonal sports. I have volunteered at their charter school for over 10 years in a variety of capacities including classroom volunteer coordinator, junior high distance track coach, math club manager, and assistant in the English department. Prior to that, I volunteered for several years as a bereavement counselor with Hospice of Larimer County. My son is starting high school this upcoming year, so we just became eligible to join our local Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), an organization designed for mothers and sons to engage in philanthropic work together.
Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling with my family and documenting everyday life through photography. I have completed several marathons and an Ironman triathlon in Cozumel, Mexico. My family has an energetic Bernese Mountain Dog, Scarlett, who loves to run and jump. She and I have competed around the state and have earned two dog agility titles!
Why did you choose UCHealth? I previously worked with the UCHealth cardiologists in northern Colorado from 1997 to 2014 and am very excited to return to this cardiovascular team and organization that provides world class health care!
What led you to this profession? I found my calling at age 3 when my parents gave me a toy ‘Medical Kit’ as a Christmas gift. The heart has always fascinated me and is my favorite organ.
Qualifications and experience
- Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Colorado (1998)
- Clinical interest for patients
- Cardiac surgery
- Critical care
- Lipid management
- Research interest for patients
I have a particular interest in the electrical system, dysrhythmias and preventing atrial fibrillation post-operatively. In fact in 1998, I started the Device Clinic that is still offered today through UCHealth in northern Colorado with the focus of caring for patients with pacemakers and defibrillators.