COMMUNITY BUILDER


Background

In every role I take on, I hope to strengthen relationships by connecting people to community resources, to each other, and to the world around them.

As a physician, I strive to listen carefully to my patients and to translate medical terms into accessible language for the families I serve. Even while I help manage complex medical situations, I hope to empower individuals by teaching them to be their own best advocates.

As a writer, I seek to unearth the deeper lessons nestled within challenges and choices faced by ordinary people. My greatest privilege is to bear witness. As I help shape each story into its most compelling narrative, I see myself as a curator, committed to preserving the voice of the individual. As chapters come together into something so much greater than the sum of their parts, I am honored to help build communities through storytelling.

As a parent, I love to help other families navigate the intricacies of daily life and to bring friends together to spend time outdoors. I try to raise my children to be citizens of the world, aware of our context and of the larger communities we inhabit and travel through. I try to live with intention, mindful of prioritizing experiences over things and holding time as our most valuable commodity.

And I try to remember all of these ideals when the kids are shouting at each other, the pasta water is boiling over, the phone is ringing with a request for a consult, and two days’ worth of dishes are piled up in the sink.

Because our truest connections are revealed when we allow ourselves to be imperfect.


Inspiration & Resources

STORYTELLING, READING, LITERACY

The Moth

The Children's Book Bank

Reach Out and Read

Portland-area public libraries: Multnomah CountyWashington CountyClackamas County

Powell's City of Books, the world's largest independent bookstore and a local Portland treasure

Two other favorite local bookstores: Broadway Books and Annie Bloom's

 

NARRATIVE MEDICINE

The origins of narrative medicine: Rita Charon, MD, PhD

Lifework of my undergraduate mentor, Arthur Kleinman

Stanford Pegasus Physician Writers

Huffington Post article about the healing power of storytelling

 

PARENTHOOD & FAMILY LIFE 

Voluntary simplicity

Connecting kids to the natural world

Global Citizen

A few standout podcasts and radio programs that often include compelling stories about the complexities of parenthood and family life: The Moth, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Mom & Dad Are Fighting, This American Life

How to Raise An Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Books to inspire kids, written by Portland based-writer Michelle Roehm McCann (including Girls Who Rocked the World, More Girls Who Rocked the World, and Boys Who Rocked the World)

Portland-area family magazines and organizations: PDX ParentNW Kids Magazine

One of my biggest inspirations lately: If You Want to See a Whale, a beautifully simple children's book about singularity of focus and putting first things first

 

What kinds of resources would you like to see more of here? Please send me a suggestion!