Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology
My desire to become a doctor started after I survived a serious illness at the age of 16. I realized helping others achieve health is an amazing gift. My desire did not waver from that time on. I attended Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry. I stayed at Vanderbilt for medical school. While doing rotations my third year, I realized my passion for women’s health and that being an Ob/Gyn would give me the unique opportunity to help women focus on prevention throughout their lives. I chose Emory in Atlanta for residency so I could work at Grady Hospital, a large inner-city hospital where I experienced almost everything in the textbooks.
After residency, I briefly practiced in Atlanta and then moved to Portland, Oregon, a quality of life decision. After 5 wonderful years in Portland, I moved back home to Chattanooga. Besides being in private practice, I also enjoy the opportunity to promote quality and safety in a leadership position I hold in one of the local hospitals.
I am married to a wonderful guy, we have one son and a beautiful golden retriever puppy. I have a voracious appetite for reading especially medical journals and information to keep me on the cutting edge of health and wellness. I love almost every outdoor activity including skiing, hiking, climbing, standup paddleboarding, swimming, camping, and biking. Being outside, being in the beauty of creation reminds me of the necessity to recharge in order to continue to serve others. One of my favorite quotes is from Parker Palmer: Self-care is never a selfish act, it is simply good stewardship of the only gift that I have, the gift that I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.
As a board-certified Ob/Gyn for 20+ years, my mission is simple. I want to partner with women as they experience new health challenges and continue to find unique opportunities to improve their health through each stage of life. In recent years, I have focused my learning on functional medicine and taking classes through IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine) to improve my ability to address health issues through lifestyle changes instead of immediately going to conventional prescription medications. Many women are asking for this, including myself, and I have seen so much success with this approach. It is an approach that leads to empowerment and vitality in wellness. I am here to learn, listen, teach and walk alongside women as they acquire the tools to make healthier lifestyle choices in addition to offering appropriate medical interventions–basically treat the whole person.
1651 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 201
Chattanooga, TN 37421
The reason I became an Ob/Gyn was to empower women to become the healthiest they can be. My desire is to partner with women through each stage of life as they experience new challenges and unique opportunities to improve their health. So much of being healthy and feeling good is related to lifestyle. Almost every health problem has a component of lifestyle that can be changed for the better. Women will feel better if they combine lifestyle changes with appropriate medical interventions. My role in promoting health is teaching, walking along side women as they make healthier choices in addition to offering appropriate medical interventions. Through my training I am an expert on women’s health and the patient is an expert on who they are and their needs. Recognizing there are two experts and capitalizing on the strengths of both will only improve each woman’s health.
M.D. | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Residency | Emory University, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Atlanta, GA
Erlanger East Hospital
Parkridge East Hospital
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical Director of Womens Services at Erlanger East
Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Women’s healthcare services require compassion and expertise. Here at Galen OB/GYN we provide comprehensive, specialized obstetric and gynecological care with the highest regard for patient satisfaction to meet a woman’s needs throughout her lifetime. Whether you are planning a family, staying healthy with routine care, or having health difficulties, our provider’s have the wisdom and medical expertise to help you make informed decisions about your healthcare.
Some of our services include:
Galen’s Labor and Delivery teams are here to help make your birthing experience everything you want it to be. We work closely with you to support your healthcare choices, such as medicated or non-medicated labor and other birthing practices or aids. We strive for a vaginal delivery and only recommend a C-section if your health or your baby’s health is at risk.
Labor and Delivery expectations:
Support for your birth plan, your delivery team will work with you to support your birth plan choices, including:
Immediate access to specialty care, mothers who deliver with Galen have healthy pregnancies and uncomplicated deliveries. However, if additional care is required for you or your baby:
Comfort management during labor available 24 hours a day:
Are you prepared for your newest arrival?
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