I have spent my career listening to and helping solve problems with thousands of patients and their families across the 8th District, and I will bring that same dedication and understanding to my work as your representative in Congress.
I am a pediatrician, a wife, and a mom with deep roots in the 8th District. I’ve built a pediatrics practice here over the past 16 years, taking care of thousands of children and their families from all over the region. Our son goes to our local public school, which we strongly support with our time, energy and advocacy. I love my job and my patients, and never thought I would do anything else. But the last election and the utter failure of this Congress to provide checks and balances, or to work together on just about anything has compelled me to step up.
Healthcare has always been my passion. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager. Spending all that time in doctors’ offices led to my career as a pediatrician. I know firsthand what it means to worry about health insurance and rising costs. When the first Trumpcare bill came out, I met with Congressman Dave Reichert’s staff to explain all the ways this bill would be bad for my patients and bad for our district. Just days later, he voted for it in committee anyway, and refused to meet with his constituents in public town hall meetings to discuss it. I decided that if he wasn’t going to do the job right, I would step up and run myself. Reichert quickly announced his retirement. Now I face a career politician who has been rejected by voters in his last three races.
I am the daughter of an elementary school teacher and an aerospace engineer, and the product of public schools, with degrees in astrophysics and medicine. I am committed to improving our public schools so every student graduates high school with the skills they need for college or career. I will work to build a middle-class centered economy so that everyone who works hard benefits, and I will protect Social Security and Medicare from cuts. I will work to keep our air and water clean and transition to a clean energy economy to slow the rate of climate change. And I will keep working to strengthen our healthcare system until every person in this country has access to affordable, high-quality care. There are no women doctors in Congress today. I will provide a vital missing voice as Congress debates women’s healthcare, reproductive rights, and children’s health.
- 16 years as a pediatrician serving Issaquah with Virginia Mason.
- Resident of Issaquah, Sammamish for 16 years.
- I am fluent in Spanish with a long history and heart for the Latino community.
A Product of Public Education:
- Pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, 2000
- University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 1997
- University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Astrophysics, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
- Undergraduate Studies Abroad: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain 1988-1989
Honors and Awards:
- Golden Teddy Award, 2013, Parent Map Magazine. Voted Best Pediatrician by parents in the greater Seattle area.
- Gabriel Smilkstein Memorial Award, 1997. Awarded to the medical student judged by his/her peers to best exhibit the humanitarian, compassionate, and community-minded character of the late Dr. Smilkstein.
- Alpha Omega Alpha from the U.C. Davis School of Medicine, 1997
- G. Kenneth Hargrove Scholarship at U.C. Berkeley, 1991. Awarded to two senior undergraduate students pursuing careers as physicians.
- Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley, 1991