I grew up in Northwest Indiana and then went downstate to Indiana University for my undergraduate degree in biology.Subsequently, I headed east to the University of Rochester in upstate New York for medical school, residency, and a 2-yearfellowship. My residency was community based at Highland Hospital and my fellowship focused on family therapy and faculty development.
I’ve been part of the MacNeal faculty since 2001. My passions are creating residency education and teaching doctor patient communication skills. I strive to teach residents the skills they need to help patients feel better. This includes a mix of both evidence based medical therapies and interpersonal skills.I have developed an entire curriculum that is used at Family Medicine residency programs throughout the country to teach key communication skills.
I love working at Mac Neal and being part of the faculty.
I love practicing full spectrum family medicine. I practiced OB for 10 years and still do prenatal care, newborn care, many women’s health and other procedures as well as enjoying my complex geriatric patients.
When I’m not at work, I love to meditate, walk in the woods,play with my 9-year-old son who loves Harry Potter and creating- especially with Legos, or relaxing with my neurologist husband who also works at MacNeal. We met in the radiology reading room of the hospital 10 years ago! I am also an avid environmentalist. I drive an electric car powered by wind energy, reuse or recycle everything, and am vegetarian.
I still live on the North Shore, in Evanston, with my wife and 3 daughters, ages 14, 11, and 3. Two of my kids were delivered at MacNeal by MacNeal FM residents.