I graduated at age 20 from the University of Wisconsin with an Honor's Bachelor's Degree in Bacteriology. After working for a stent as a Microbiologist, I returned to Madison to attend medical school and train in my Family Medicine Residency, where I served my last year as chief.
I am pretty sure that my first job out of residency will be my last, as I simply love it. I am the site Medical Director for my local La Crosse Family Medicine Clinic at Mayo Clinic Health System where I see patients 3 days per week. My passion is chronic care management (diabetes, depression, heart and kidney disease), palliative care and women's health. I work in administration the rest of the week, where I am just finishing working as the patient safety officer for the Mayo Clinic Health System, overseeing the patient safety programs in 17+ hospitals and 70+ clinics in 3 states. As that job ends, I am transitioning into a role focused on value creation and affordability with an aim to reduce health care costs and improve affordability, efficiency and ultimately - value.
In my spare time, I am interested in research around patient centered care and shared decision making and work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and was recently made a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
My home life is equally rich with six children ages 5 through 16. We live in the country on 4 1/2 acres and we enjoy gardening, travel, yoga and spending as much time as we can with family and friends.