You've been in a few places around the country. How did you end up here?
I applied for a number of community hospital Family Practice residencies, and ended up matching with Mercy (now St. Anthony Family Medicine). After a few years in North Dakota for my husband's Public Health Service obligation we moved back to Denver, where I joined some colleagues from residency to go into private practice.
What do you like most about being in Colorado?
I love the sunshine. I grew up in Stillwater County, Montana, where the weather is very similar to Denver. Living in Minnesota and North Dakota made me really appreciate the moderate seasons and the reliable sunshine
You're a member of our Board of Directors. Why are you passionate about being a involved with Jefferson Center for mental health?
I have always treated mental health conditions in my practice, which taught me how hard it is to get through life for people who have chronic depression, anxiety, ADD, previous trauma, etc. Also, my husband and I have 4 adopted children, who have had various mental health conditions. Their experiences have made it clear that it takes a village. This has made me passionate about bringing organized resources to people (and their families) who are struggling with mental illnesses.
Since we're in the end of the year and holiday crunch, as a physician, what are your 2-3 best tips to help people keep the holidays happy?
My best tips are: schedule downtime, don't feel you have to attend every minute of every festivity. Spend quality time with your family and friends. Avoid TV commercials. Do less shopping and more experiencing. Remember the holidays don't need to be perfect. You get another chance next year. And don't forget to enjoy any fudge that comes your way.