Jennifer J. Siebold CPNP
Working in a third world country motivated me to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I believe education is the best way to prevent trauma and injuries and there is so much that parents can do to create a safe environment, physically and emotionally, for their children at all ages. I am also prepared to diagnose and treat minor acute illnesses, and ongoing issues like asthma. I enjoy the longevity of pediatrics because of the relationships that develop over time with families as children grow up and the support I can provide through developmental transitions at different stages, helping to troubleshoot challenges that arise. These changes are easier to navigate when you know what to expect, and I take the time to listen. I respect the autonomy of my patients and their parents to make informed health care decisions that are right for them.
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Consultant
Since a very young age, Jennifer wanted to be a nurse. During high school she worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant in a California hospital where her mother was a Registered Nurse. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Harding University in Arkansas, and returned to Los Angeles to work as a Registered Nurse at the same hospital she was born at! After a year of working with adults, Jennifer transferred to UCLA to work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). During her time there, she volunteered for a medical trip to Northern Haiti. Witnessing children passing away from preventable diseases had a lasting impact on Jennifer. When she returned to the PICU a few months later, she knew she wanted to be on "the other side of the fence," focusing on prevention and health promotion. Jennifer moved to Portland and worked at Emanuel Hospital’s PICU (now Randall), while completing her Master’s degrees at OHSU. After completing her degree, she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Emanuel Pediatric Outpatient Clinic for 3 years before joining PANW. Jennifer enjoys being a primary care provider and has a special interest in child development and family communication, especially during the teen years. Another passion of hers is breastfeeding support. She has over 20 years of experience working with breastfeeding families. As one of PANW’s lactation consultants, she helps mothers and babies reach their breastfeeding goals. Jennifer is board-certified and practices in our Portland office.
Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities with her family--walking on the beach, hiking in old growth forests, mushroom hunting, river floating, cross country skiing, traveling vacations, and volunteering at Ekone Horse Ranch! In their spare time, she and her family enjoy gardening and biking the waterfront loop in downtown Portland.
For many years, Jennifer’s family hosted exchange students from Japan, Finland, Korea and France. The last three years, she has hosted over 35 international travelers from Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Lithuania, Vietnam, Canada and a few from the US. She enjoys the cultural exchange and friends she has made all over the world. Jennifer finds that these experiences strengthen her belief that as fellow human beings we share so much common ground, and we have so much to learn from each other. She appreciates the diversity of this world and looks forward to resuming her own worldwide travels in the future.
When Jennifer and her husband first moved to Oregon, they bought an 1889 house on the derelict building list--she calls it their first child. After 10 years working to save it from destruction, they had a second child--a girl! Her husband is a high school English teacher/mentor as well as a track & field/ cross-country coach. Her daughter is currently in high school and enjoys running, especially muddy terrain races. She is the oldest of five children and her husband is the youngest of five children. Her daughter has 20 cousins and they enjoy spending time all together.
Jennifer’s biggest lesson in parenting started with her C-section and the fortunate delivery of a healthy baby. It was a lesson in realizing what she had control over in life and what she did not, and learning to be present with what is.
When Jennifer was a child, she attended a Montessori school in Rome-- she aspires to be fluent in Italian and visit Italy again. She got her first pony when she was 10 years old and her name was Tinkerbell. Jennifer still love horses. Her favorite creative outlet is sewing/knitting/crocheting with her daughter. Jennifer loves working at PANW because of their commitment to providing high quality care to ALL children and taking good care of their employees. It has made working here for more than 20 years a joy!