Welcome! I began this website after I was healed of cancer, to share my story and to keep people updated on how I am doing. I kept a Caring Bridge site while I was sick, which is still online and linked in the menu above. In addition to updates on my health, here on this site I write about the things God is teaching me about himself, myself, reality, and truth.
I am a family physician, wife, mother of two, and former medical missionary to Nepal. I grew up in the city of Chicago with me, my two sisters, my parents, and the occasional aunt or uncle all stuffed into a two bedroom apartment. Though I occasionally went to church when I was young, I did not entrust my life to Christ until meeting him as an undergrad, through the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship chapter at Loyola University Chicago. After graduating from Loyola with a BS in Chemistry, I received my MD from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2003. I then graduated from the Waukesha Family Medicine Residency Program in Wisconsin in 2006.
After practicing in a community health center in eastern Tennessee for two years, my husband Doug and I (with our newborn daughter in tow) moved to Nepal, where we spent four years as medical missionaries with TEAM. We served at TEAM Hospital Dadeldhura, a 50-bed hospital in a remote area of the country (you can see it on Google Maps here). Doug was the medical director of the hospital, and I held down the fort at home with our two children as well as helped out in the hospital and the local church when I could. We returned on home assignment in 2013, fully expecting to return to Nepal after a year. The rest is history. Now we are back in Wisconsin to bloom where we have been planted. We are glad to be close to Elmbrook Church, our sending church when we were in Nepal, where we have been members for over a decade.
Cooking and baking used to be my hobby until I birthed a son who eyes new foods with suspicion. (“Is there fruit in this???”). I love good coffee, reading, and growing heirloom tomatoes.