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I love doing crafts when I have time, spending time with family, hiking, and working out. I also play pickle ball.
Tell us something about you...
I am happy and energetic all of the time and I love helping others. I have 3 dogs and a cat living at my house right now. I have 4 kids; 1 is married, 1 is engaged, 1 is graduating this year, and 1 is a freshman at Alta High School. I love sports! Soccer is my favorite to play and watch. I took karate when I was young and was 12 years old when I got my black belt.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Willow Creek Pediatrics? I love the patients and getting to know. I enjoy working with the best doctors and staff.
I have worked at Wasatch Pediatrics for 15 years and of those years the
past 10 ½ at Willow Creek!I started
working nights and weekends when my children were small then transitioned into working with
Dr. Jopling and Dr. Omara during the days.I will now be working with our newest physician, Dr. Carly Sorenson. Willow
Creek has always been my home, as I have been a patient of Willow Creek myself
and watched my mom work for Wasatch Pediatrics for over 23 years. The staff at
Willow Creek truly is one in a million. I trust my children, my family, and my
friends with them.
What is your favorite color?
I seem to like all colors but I am drawn to red.
What are your hobbies?
I love to read, scrapbook, shop, and people watch…(I know it is a real
thing!). I love cooking and hosting parties at my house. I love traveling and
exploring new places. I love wearing funky socks that don’t match and my
patients think it is pretty funny! I love teaching my children new things and
spending time with them and my nieces and nephews. I enjoy anything in the
water; boating, jet skiing, and I just learned how to paddleboard and love it! I
love my paper cutter and my label maker and even though some laugh, it is just
who I am!
Tell us something about you…
I have 2 boys and an amazing husband who are very supportive of my job.
They know my passion for Willow Creek and my patients.Both my boys were born very early. My oldest
was born at 28 ½ weeks, weighing 2 pounds. He spent 2 ½ months up at Primary
Children’s Hospital NICU and had many health struggles but thanks to Dr. Jopling,
and my sons fight and persistence, he is a healthy, smart, and active Junior in
High school. I also have another son who is in fifth grade who was
born at 31 weeks and weighed 4 pounds and was in the NICU at LDS hospital for 3
weeks. He struggles with asthma and food allergies so I am passionate about
them both. I understand what parents are going through and try to have
compassion towards that. I love my patients at Willow Creek! There is nothing
more wonderful than helping a family when their child is sick and seeing them
return the next time, healthy and happy. Willow Creek has always been my
extended family and that is how we try and treat all of our patients. I love my
job and I hope you can see that I do!
I actually started out at Willow Creek as a patient!My sister and I saw Dr. Jopling for a time when
we were growing up.One of my favorite
things was looking at the picture collages of his family and patients in his
exam rooms in the old office.I actually
found a picture of myself playing soccer with his daughter, Jenn, one time - I was so excited!
Now, it’s really special to be able to return to Willow
Creek as a pediatrician myself – it completes the circle.There aren’t many doctors who get the
experience of practicing at a clinic they once went to, and it’s very
fulfilling for me to be able to serve patients in the community I grew up
in.On top of that, it is such a special office. You feel it as a patient, and I look forward
to providing that now as one of its doctors and carrying on Willow Creek’s
tradition of exceptional care.One of
the highlights of my career will always be being able to work alongside Dr. Jopling,
who has been an important mentor to me throughout my life, as I know he has been
for so many of his patients.
What does the DO
behind your name mean?
The DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic medicine (not to be confused with an OD, which is a
Doctor of Optometry or eye doctor).DOs
are another type of medical doctor.We are trained in the osteopathic philosophy
of medicine as opposed to the allopathic (or MD) philosophy of medicine. Like
MDs, DOs go to medical school, can specialize and practice in any medical
specialty, prescribe medications, or perform procedures/surgery.
How are DOs different
than MDs? Basically, the founding philosophies of osteopathic and
allopathic medicine are different.As
modern medicine has evolved, patient care models and doctors’ approaches to
medicine have also changed due to advancements in technology and understanding.
So, some of the historical differences have
become more blended, but DOs traditionally have a patient-centered, holistic
approach to care.They also tend to have
an emphasis on preventive medicine and restoring the body’s natural, optimal
state of structure and function.
One of the other major differences is that DOs receive
training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).OMT is a hands-on approach to diagnosing,
treating, and preventing illness or injury.We are trained to use OMT alone or in conjunction with conventional
treatments or medications to help the body heal itself.Broadly, the easiest way to explain is that
there are some OMT techniques that people may find similar to techniques used
by physical therapists, chiropractors, or massage therapists.Some DOs do more or less OMT, depending on
their specialty, practice, and personal preference.
Why did you choose to
become a DO? I chose to become a DO because the osteopathic philosophy
resonated more with my own philosophy of medicine.I felt like it fit my personality better and also
embraced the type of physician I wanted to be. I also really liked the idea of learning a
skill, like OMT, in which I could help people directly with my own hands.
As an osteopathic pediatrician, my approach to patient care
centers on looking at the whole child, not just their symptoms, when
determining diagnosis and treatment.Body, mind, spirit, relationships, and environments all play a role, and
I’m considering each of those aspects in my office visits.In addition, one of the big tenants of the
osteopathic philosophy is that all parts of the body work together and
influence one another.My focus, as a
DO, is restoring balance within the body for healing and empowering patients to
live healthy lifestyles to prevent illness and injury.
What’s your favorite
color? Blue.For a while, I
felt like I needed to pick a new favorite color and branch out.But, I always came back to blue!My closet is a perfect example - I definitely
have the most clothes in my blue section (yes, my closet is organized by color
– but that’s another story).Cobalt blue
is probably my favorite.Navy is a close
What are your
hobbies? I’d say, in general, I’m drawn to doing creative
things.Seems like I always have an
ongoing project of some sort – scrapbooking or making photo books, trying out new
baking recipes, or taking fun classes.My favorite class was a pottery class I took last year. I had always wanted to learn how to throw on a
wheel, and I’m so glad I finally did it!Tap dancing and getting back to playing the violin are also on my list,
so we’ll see what happens next.