Biography & Education

Biography
Empowering women to make choices through education and partnership.
Specialties
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
Education Background
Medical School University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Residency Obstetrics and Gynecology, Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish
Professional Associations
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Junior Fellow
Personal Interests
Cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling

Care Locations

First Hill Birth Center
Minor & James Medical
Nordstrom Tower
1229 Madison St., Suite 1500
Seattle 98104
Accepting Medicaid

Publications

Blog

Do self breast exams matter?

September 12, 2012

Self breast exams: to do or not to do?

Remember when there were monthly emails you could sign up for to remind you and your friends to do your self breast exams at home? Remember seeing the news anchors talking about their monthly self breast exams in an attempt to remind you to do your breast “due diligence?” What happened to self breast exams and are they still important?

Initially, self breast exams were recommended as a screening tool to help early detection of breast cancer. Unfortunately long-term studies have not confirmed that they actually live up to their hype. Two large studies looking at over 200,000 women in both Russia and China didn’t show any difference in breast cancer mortality after 15 years between the women who were ...

What is Telehealth and telemedicine?

March 14, 2012

TeleHealth programs use secure video connections, high definition imaging and other sophisticated technologies to allow specialists at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center to diagnose and propose treatment options for patients who are not sitting in the same exam room, hospital room or emergency department as the Swedish physician. Advancements in medical technology and online security suggest there are endless opportunities to expand access to care through telehealth.

In both urban and rural areas of Washington, transportation issues and physician shortages pose significant challenges for patients who require specialized care. Studies show patients benefit from the improved access to teams of highly qualified physicians that telehealth provides.
TeleHealth

  • Assures patients access to care when they need it and when time is critical for diagnosing and treating serious conditions
  • Allows specialist physicians to practice more efficiently while supporting commu...

Are You Up to Date on Your Pap Smear?

March 05, 2012

Recent changes to Pap guidelines may have you wondering when exactly you need to have a pap smear and in turn, how often you really need an annual exam with your gynecologist. Here I’m going to review the new pap guidelines so you can determine if you are up to date! Of course, every patient should check with their physician about what they recommend regarding the timing of cervical cancer screening because some specific populations may have different recommendations. These are just the general guidelines.

Pap smears are a screening test for cervical cancer. They have helped decrease the incidence of cervical cancer by more than 50% in the last 30 years. Over the last decade we’ve also begun testing for HPV (or Human Papillomavirus) which is by far the most common cause of abnormal pap smears and cervical cancer. It is an incredibly common sexually transmitted virus that can be spread by genital to genital contact but also oral to genital and manual to genital contact. It has been e...

Specialties

Specialties
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
Services Provided
Clinical Interests
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraception
  • Family Planning
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Minor and James Seattle Women s Clinic
  • Obstetrics
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases