I’m a family physician at OHSU and serve as the President of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) and as the Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Breast Health Education Program.
Before I became a state senator, I was very active in crafting health policy in Oregon. In 2005, I advocated for the passage of a bill that required health insurers to cover Clinical Breast Examinations for women. As an active member of the OAFP, I have worked closely with legislators in drafting legislation to improve access to high-quality, cost-effective health care for all Oregonians.
My husband Michael and I have six daughters, including five teenagers still at home. Our oldest daughter and son-in-law live in northeast Portland. I frequently volunteer at my children’s schools, at a “safety net” medical clinic for the uninsured, and in my congregation. My family and I love birds and have counted about 40 species at our feeders.