Please Note: Dr. Pettit sees patients on a same day basis and cannot be selected as a PCP.
I was born and raised in Decorah, Iowa, an idyllic small college town with Norwegian heritage and river running through it nestled by lovely limestone bluffs. I completed my Internal Medicine residency at Providence Portland Medical Center after earning a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Administration and a bachelor of science in General Science from the University of Iowa.
A visit to the Pacific Northwest in August 1994 changed my plans from an East Coast to a West Coast life. It’s truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Since that time, my career has been a reflection of my interest in information systems, as I spent a decade working on electronic medical records and information sharing. I also served as Oregon’s first Health Information Technology coordinator during the Kulongoski Administration.
I consider my role as a physician as a trusted advisor, as ultimately patients play the most important role in their good health. I espouse the Midwestern sensibilities of practicality, hard work and common sense. I’m a firm believer in the use of information technology to gather the right information and make the best decisions. I value good systems and I’m always looking for ways to do our work better. Medication isn’t necessarily the best treatment option in all cases. Above all, I feel that good listening is our best diagnostic tool and in careful, thoughtful recommendations that we would give to a friend or family member. Sometimes the most important thing we can dispense is encouragement. I am a big fan of tracking your progress, making incremental changes and checking back frequently.
At The Portland Clinic, I provide primary care on a same day basis to offer more schedule flexibility for patients and to support my primary care colleagues. I like meeting new people and hearing about their lives. Outside of The Portland Clinic, I also work with the Legacy Internal Medicine Residency Program precepting with residents, which I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so since the late 90’s.
On a personal level, I love to travel and exercise (of the non-extreme variety) is a daily part of my life. I have loved and lived in Portland for 20+ years.