To me, a family doctor cares for people from birth to death, and that is the way it is meant to be. My parents were both family physicians in my small hometown of Willcox, Arizona, and they knew their patients through all aspects of their lives, happy times and sad. They delivered babies and made nursing home rounds. Their patients loved them like family, and my parents loved them back.

So when I decided to be a doctor (to their surprise) it seemed obvious that if I wanted to be a “real doctor” I would be a family doctor. I am infinitely happy with my choice of family medicine for my career. Now 16 years into my life as an M.D., I am so very glad to be following in my parents’ footsteps as well as those of many family physicians before me.

I moved to Safford, Arizona to practice family medicine, because it was in proximity to my hometown of Willcox, and it allowed me to practice the sort of medicine I considered perfect. The “full spectrum of family medicine” has a very real and personal meaning to me in my career. There have literally been days when I delivered a baby and left the maternity department to go to the ICU and pronounce a patient’s death, comforting their family as I observed the circle of life first-hand. What an incredible blessing! I have come to know my patients very well, and I greatly value the depth of those relationships and look forward to them growing more in the years to come.

Living in a small town adds another layer to my relationship with my patients. I have attended the classrooms of my children, and often have seen kids who know me from the clinic. One time a second grader raised her hand to ask me a question and she asked, “My mom said you pulled me out of her tummy, is that true?” It was hilarious and really made me feel special as their honored guest, knowing I had probably welcomed many of those children into the world also. I enjoy recognizing children on the soccer field, having been their family doctor for as long as they can remember. I have cared for the family members of friends during happy times like births, as well as sad times like the end of life.

The past four years have realized a dream of mine – to build a new clinic building which will allow the Gila Valley Clinic to continue to provide excellent medical care to the residents of southern Arizona for many decades to come. I was blessed to join a well-established practice in August of 2000, one which Dr. Susan Jones had built up through the years. I am honored to have been able to help continue this legacy, through a new state-of-the-art facility, as well as growing our medical staff to now include 4 family physicians, a pediatrician, two nurse practitioners, and two physician assistants. We hope to add one more clinician in the years to come. The longevity of our practice will be guaranteed by this vision, and I am honored to be a part of the past, present and future of the Gila Valley Clinic.

• Board Certified in Family Practice

• Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

• Family Practice with OB Resident at North Colorado Family Medicine, Greeley, CO

• MD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ

• BA in German from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

• Fluent in Spanish

• Special interest in OB Care