• Native of Wisconsin
  • Moved to South Dakota in 1997
  • She and her husband, Larry, have a son and daughter


  • Bachelor of Science: Marquette University
  • M.D. degree: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Residency: Waukesha Family Practice Residency Program
  • Fellowship: Faculty Development in Education-Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Fellowship 2003-2004
  • Bush Medical Fellowship 2006-2007
  • M.B.A. in health care management, University of Sioux Falls, 2009

Career Highlights

  • Diplomat in the American Board of Family Practice
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Research interests in medical education and adult learning
  • Became dean of Medical Student Education in 2001

Honor Highlights

  • Educator and Scholar Award, 2002, Sanford School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine Educator of the Year Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, 1997
  • Edward J. Lennon Clinical Teaching Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1994

Service Highlight

  • Volunteer for a church-related medical mission in Ukraine