Wanting to help people feel better and understand their body and its tremendous capacity is part of my purpose. I gravitated towards medicine because of my fascination and awe with the human body. With my traditional training in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, I learned an incredible understanding of the intricacies of physiology and disease. Further, time spent overseeing trauma in the Harborview ER broadened my perspective and the incredible interventions we can provide at the last minute. Yet as my career unfolded, focusing on disease management, or intervening at the last moment was too narrow of a perspective. I knew the body had more capacity than what this focus allowed.
Using medications to temporize symptoms was a start but my focus: wanting to help people feel better and understand the “why” -the puzzle that makes up someone’s unique health picture -led me to root cause medicine. By addressing the degenerative process underneath the symptoms, that is what I have found truly helps people feel better.