To partner with patients of all ages and walks of life in trusting, long-term relationships in order to offer outstanding, compassionate, and accessible primary care in a safe and healing atmosphere that is inspired by my community's needs and desires.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jurgensen 2017.
I am a board-certified family physician and mother of two little boys. I was blessed to meet the love of my life, Ned Hammar, during our family medicine residency in Seattle. Together, we moved to Omak, a small town in North Central Washington roughly the size of Forks. We practiced there for about 5 years. That is where both our boys were born, and where I fell in love with being a community member and doctor in a small town. We moved to Port Angeles in April 2015, and we love this community! We are putting down roots here and are excited to be raising our boys here. Being a family physician is a true calling for me. So is being a mother. The most meaningful and joyful part of my journey as a doctor is the time I spend with my patients. As a doctor working in other medical settings, I have been frustrated by the standard model of care. I want each patient to feel treated as a whole person. I want to have the time to really listen to my patients, develop meaningful relationships, and care for them right when they need me, and not weeks or months later. What I intend to cultivate in my clinic is a new and truly patient- and family-centered experience. Together we will enjoy unhurried visits (typically 30-60 minutes) so we can address the whole situation, problem-solve, and stay in close communication throughout your care, both in times of wellness and illness. This is big-picture care: I want help you achieve the best overall health possible.
My calling is to take care of my patients as if they are family. I believe we all need to be seen as whole people. Our health is absolutely impacted by what's going on with us physically, emotionally, spiritually, nutritionally, economically, and in other ways. I do a better job as a doctor when I can listen to a person's whole story. I can problem-solve and work with you to improve your wellbeing in all situations. I have growing experience in Integrative Medicine, which means bringing the best of Western medicine and other healing modalities to my patients. This experience includes exploring how a variety of factors can affect our wellbeing, including nutrition, inflammation, stress, sleep, physical movement, mindfulness practices, as well as a sense of purpose and belonging. There are many ways to heal, and one size does not fit all! I partner with my patients to individualize care to your needs and situations. I do not judge anyone based on medical complexity, gender, age, sexual orientation/preferences, religious/spiritual beliefs, or political beliefs.
Bridging the worlds of Western Medicine and the so many other healing modalities that exist to help guide patients towards the best outcomes and well-being
Taking care of whole families
Children and adolescents
I am proficient in Spanish and was trained in a bilingual, bicultural clinic in Seattle to care for people whose primary language is Spanish
Gathering for Hope
Peace Choir, part of the Interfaith Community of Clallam County
Biking around town with my husband and little boys
Exploring the trails and rivers of our beautiful Olympic Peninsula
College at Baylor University in Waco, Texas
Medical School at University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Residency at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency in Seattle, Washington