Lecturer, Didactic Faculty

I grew up and graduated high school in Spokane WA. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University. From there I attended the University of Minnesota (UM) Minneapolis Medical School and then completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. I also obtained board certification in urgent care. I have worked in the Indian Health Service as a primary care provider and clinical director, in a community health program as a primary care provider, and currently work as an urgent care provider in Spokane WA, and have now joined the faculty at the University of Washington MEDEX program.

I had my first child when I was 19 years old in college, and my husband and I quickly realized we had a large responsibility on our hands. My family was from the Spokane Indian Reservation and for a time, my grandfather, mom, dad, husband and I and our 2 sons all lived in a 2-bedroom single-wide trailer while my husband and I finished our undergraduate degrees. My husband became a teacher. When the MCAT scores came out, UM called and offered to waive my application fees to medical school; so I applied. My dad drove me across the country while I sewed my interview suit in the car, and I was accepted by the time we got home. I had 2 more children, girls, by the end of residency. My path was not typical, but I was lucky to have people who were encouraging and supportive. My desire to be one of the encouraging voices for others led me to join the UW MEDEX program.