About me

I was born and raised in the small mining town of Globe, Arizona.  My father was a prospector and my mother was a grade school teacher.

I graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1991 and I am Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine. For a few years I had my own private practice in Springerville, Arizona, before becoming a hospitalist physician in 1997.  I moved to San Francisco in 2000 and worked at St. Luke’s Hospital in several leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Medicine and Chief Medical Officer.  I represented the St. Luke’s medical staff in the hospital’s affiliation with Sutter Health and the subsequent merger with California Pacific Medical Center.   

I  was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) in recognition of my contributions to developing hospitalist medicine in California where I helped start six hospitalist programs (St. Luke’s in San Francisco, St. Francis in San Francisco, Salinas Valley, Lodi Memorial, Presbyterian in Los Angeles and a pediatric hospitalist program also at St. Luke’s). 

I moved to the Mendocino Coast in 2017.  I have been working as a hospitalist at our hospital in Ft. Bragg since then and played a role in achieving community support for the affiliation with Adventist Health.  I currently serve as the Medical Director of the Hospital, an administrative role, as well as the Chief of the Medical Staff, which is a position elected by the physicians in the hospital.

On a more personal note, I live with my husband, Sam, who is an illustrator of children’s books.  He graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a degree in fashion design specializing in creating children’s clothes. 

 

We share our home with two African grey parrots Koko and Kiki, our dogs Charlie and Oliver, and our cat Sammy.  I enjoy raising bees, gardening and working leather to make belts, purses and wallets.

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Our birds

Koko and Kiki our African grey parrots.  Koko has been with me since he hatched 25 years ago!  He is very talkative, while Kiki is more affectionate and likes to sing.

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Our dogs

Meet Charlie the Golden Retriever and Sunny the Havenese.  They are wearing one of Sam's designer doggy bandanas.

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Our cat

Oliver is the newest addition to the family.  He gets along very well with all of the other inhabitants, both four legged and winged.