Heather M. Larson MD, FAAP
Heather M. Larson, MD, FAAP
I thrive on building relationships and partnerships with my patients and their families. It is my pleasure to help guide families through both the trials and joys of raising a child. I believe in the science of medicine and know that when applied, it benefits both my patients and our community as a whole.
Dr. Larson does not remember a time when she wanted to be anything other than a pediatrician. She loved going to the doctor, even when shots were involved. This desire persisted through high school, college and medical school without wavering. She graduated medical school at Emory University and completed her pediatric residency at NYU in New York City. Over the years, Dr. Larson has made a conscious choice not to specialize in a particular area of pediatrics because she enjoys applying her full range of knowledge and training to support her patients and their families. Dr. Larson is board-certified and practices in our Tigard office.
Dr. Larson caught the bug to travel when she was 14. After seventh grade, she traveled to the British Isles with a study group, and her love of international travel was set. Going abroad and experiencing different cultures and cuisines continues to be one of her great pleasures. She has fallen in love with the Eastern Mediterranean region from the islands of Crete, Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica to mainland Italy and Greece, where her husband claims the feta is properly made and tastes great.
Oenophile and Foodie
Dr. Larson considers herself incredibly lucky to live and travel to places with some of the best food in the world. She loves living so close to the Willamette Valley and enjoying the region's fantastic pinots.
Dr. Larson is not afraid to try new things and laugh at herself. Growing up in Atlanta, she was not exposed to winter sports. Upon moving to Portland, she decided to try to learn to snowboard without any prior experience. It's still a work in process but she is having a lot of fun laughing. Dr. Larson and her husband love to spend their weekends watching their dogs rampaging and meandering through 1000 Acres along the Sandy River, hiking up Dog Mountain, or playing frisbee golf along the Columbia River. They love the walkable nature of Portland, and often choose to stay out of the car, just wandering up and through the Rose Garden and the Hoyt Arboretum as a family. She is looking forward to returning to private practice as she knows that serving as a primary care pediatrician is her vocation. She is excited to watch her patients grow and develop while being a part of a fabulous team and practice.