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Having grown up in the mountains of the Northwest, it feels natural to me to live and work in Portland. It has a friendliness and closeness that are familiar to me. It’s a blessing to have such easy access to hiking, skiing, and swimming with my husband, who is also a neuropsychologist at OHSU. Recently, we welcomed Winslow, our daughter, who now accompanies us on our travels, as well as showing us newfound wonders through her eyes.
I was trained in the Northwest at the University of Puget Sound, where I pursued interests nurtured by my father and mother, a neuropsychologist and a psychotherapist. Through my residency and post-doctoral fellowship, I was fortunate to work with mentors who were foremost in the field of neuropsychology. That experience deepened my interest in the brain and behavior and expanded my desire to help patients afflicted with neurological conditions.
At The Portland Clinic, I’m able to provide care in conjunction with primary care providers in a collaborative and personalized way, which I enjoy and value highly. While I specialize in diagnostic evaluations of older adults, I also evaluate patients with a variety of neuromedical conditions, including epilepsy, brain injuries, vascular disease and multiple sclerosis.
Patient-centered neuropsychological evaluations can help patients and their medical providers by confirming or clarifying diagnoses, providing a profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses to guide treatment, and documenting changes in functioning due to treatment (e.g., pre- and post-surgery). These evaluations also can provide information regarding ability to work and capacity to make decisions. In concert with other medical care at The Portland Clinic, neuropsychology is able to create an integrated person-oriented approach to treatment, which I find a particularly rewarding way in which to be of help.
I like to spend my free time exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and young daughter. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and any opportunity to travel.