Assistant Professor,
Assistant Director for MEDEX
— Spokane

I grew up in Rochester, MN and graduated from Drake University in 1993.  Looking for adventure, I served for 2 years in the US Peace Corps.  I worked in public health in a rural hospital in the Central African Republic. After returning to the US, I entered PA school at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and graduated in 1999.  I started in family medicine but switched to emergency medicine in 2000.  I received a research fellowship from the University of Iowa College of Public Health and completed my PhD in Epidemiology in 2010.  The last project I worked on was a study on mortality and cancer incidence of former Iowa munitions workers.

I joined the MEDEX faculty in 2010 and help coordinate several courses: Maternal and Child Health, Behavioral Health and Investigative Skills.  I also enjoy teaching some of the Emergency Medicine topics such as psychiatric and toxicological emergencies.  My research interests include medical error and the art of teaching clinical decision-making to students.  I continue to work clinically in emergency medicine and regularly precept MEDEX students.