Ever since she was a high-school student in Beaverton, Oana Enea, DO, has known that she wanted to be a pediatrician. “This was it for me,” she says. “There was no other option. Every step of my educational journey, from my medical training at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine to my residency at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, has underscored that pediatrics is my passion.” When it came time for her to go into practice, The Portland Clinic was her natural choice. “This is where I came for my own health care as a teenager,” she says.
In the five years since she’s been practicing in our Beaverton and Tigard offices, Dr. Enea has become very involved in the clinic. “The Portland Clinic is physician-owned, and I became a partner a little over a year ago,” she says. “This means that I have more say in the clinic and in my practice, and I feel more invested in my future here than I would with other clinic styles.” In addition, she has served on the board of The Portland Clinic Foundation for three years and recently was honored to become its chair.
Still, her first love is, and always will be, seeing her patients. “I really enjoy catching up with patients at their yearly visits, seeing how they’ve grown and matured, and knowing that I helped to keep them healthy along the way,” she says. “With each interaction — whether it’s for a sick child, a developmental checkup or a discussion about a teen’s difficulties at school — I’m reminded that it’s a privilege to be allowed into a family’s vulnerable times.”
One thing that most patients don’t know about Dr. Enea: although she grew up in Beaverton, she was born in Romania. Her family moved to the United States when she was 5 years old, just after the fall of Romania’s communist regime. She still speaks Romanian, she says, “but I speak it with an American accent.”
In her free time, Dr. Enea lives by the philosophy: Life is short, eat dessert first. “My patients will laugh at that, since I talk a lot about limiting sweets,” she says. But for her, the quote means something deeper than dessert. “To me, it’s a reminder to savor the good times whenever they happen.”
Some of her favorite good times are spent hiking, camping and “just plain being outside” with her family. Thanks to a new camper trailer, they’ve already been “glamping” five times this year — so far. When the weather turns cooler and wetter, she can’t think of many better ways to spend an afternoon than to curl up with a good sci fi book and a cup of coffee. Her interest in coffee extends beyond the beverage — she and her husband collect Starbucks mugs from around the world.
Dr. Enea also enjoys being involved in her community. She has always volunteered in one capacity or another, from teaching and mentoring to helping out at a local children’s hospital. Currently, she volunteers in the nursery at her church. “Looking back, almost all of my volunteer activities have somehow involved kids,” she says. And for a pediatrician who loves what she does, that makes perfect sense.