Please note: Dr. Thunder sees patients on a same day basis and cannot be selected as a primary care physician at this time.
I was raised in Northern Nevada in a family of caregivers: my mom is a nurse, my dad is a minister and one of my brothers is a physician and my other brother is a CPA (financial health is important too). As a child, I needed to be hospitalized on a couple of occasions, and this furthered my interest in medicine as a career. I excelled in science and was able to attend the University of Nevada School of Medicine, but was drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I moved to Portland for residency training at Providence Portland Medical Center, and have loved living here ever since. And yes, that is my real last name!
During my training in internal medicine, I learned that I most enjoy seeing patients who are dealing with acute illnesses, which led me to spend the first 17 years of my career caring only for hospitalized patients. At The Portland Clinic, I use these skills to ease the transition of our patients back to normal life after a hospitalization, to ensure that they avoid going back to the hospital, and to care for patients with acute medical needs on a same day basis. I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that my patients fully understand their medical situation and treatment options, and that we should work together as a team to determine the best solutions.
I truly enjoy meeting a wide variety of people and hearing about different life experiences. Although medicine is a serious business, I’m known for trying to make it as comfortable and fun as possible. Please don’t be surprised if you hear a bad joke or two when we meet. Bonus points to anyone who can come up with a joke about my name that I haven’t heard!
In addition to my practice at The Portland Clinic, I volunteer at Outside In Project Erase doing laser tattoo removal focused on hate and gang-related tattoos. I also take pleasure in caring for and improving my 1926 bungalow where I live with my partner, our 3 cats and one dog (who thinks he’s a cat).
Specialty: Internal Medicine