Whitney N. Casares MD, MPH, FAAP
When Dr. Casares sees patients, her goal is to meet them right where they are—providing real, practical information they can apply with confidence, no matter what their backgrounds. A mom herself, she knows that it’s tough to navigate all the pressures and crowdsourced messaging out there as you start out on your parenting journey. Empowering new moms and dads to care for their babies and toddlers, watching them get comfy in their own parenting skin—that’s the absolute best! Even more powerful? Partnering with parents at they watch their kids grow and develop into young adults. Dr. Casares aims to thoughtfully guide families, teaching them not only how to promote basic wellness for their kids, but also how to approach whole-person factors like resilience and mental health.
Dr. Casares is a storyteller at heart. As a journalism major and aspiring doctor at California State University, San Luis Obispo, her goal was to eventually use her communication skills and medical expertise to give parents the information they needed in a way that resonated and inspired. After completing her Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, her medical degree at the University of Vermont, and her pediatrics training at Stanford University, she started in clinical practice, applying her goal of translating medical jargon and policy recommendations into relatable guidance as she gave direct patient care. When she is not in the office, she is blogging at www.modernmommydoc.com and speaking about her book, The Newborn Baby Blueprint: Preparing to Care For Your Infant and Yourself. In clinic and on her online platforms, she continues to use her dual passions to educate, inspire, and support families. She is board-certified and practices in our Portland office.
At Dr. Casares’ house, there is always music. She has a playlist for almost any occasion and you’ll find her holding impromptu dance parties with her kids most nights. They love going to concerts, especially in the summer. She is always encouraging her patients to find ways to incorporate music into their family traditions and day-to-day experiences—music is good for our brains, our bodies, and our family bonding!
Dr. Casares is passionate about advocating for what’s right, whether in the community (she continues to support and partner with anti-human trafficking and postpartum depression prevention groups) or in the clinic. At PANW, that sense of investment translates to committed problem-solving for patients’ health issues and advocacy for school and public health concerns.
Dr. Casares is a mom to two girls. They keep her on her toes and help her closely relate to the struggles other parents are facing. They keep her honest and relevant. She knows that sometimes, the advice doctors give can be hard to put into practice, so she is always looking for ways to help parents work around the realities of following healthcare recommendations in their own home environments.
Dr. Casares once ran three half-marathons in the span of five weeks. Now that she has a little less time and a lot more respect for her knees, she usually sticks to barre class and yoga, but she still loves to take shorter runs around Portland.
Dr. Casares loves to travel and explore. Her checklist for a good vacation? A beautiful view, amazing food, and an open agenda. She was a French minor in college and lived in Paris where she developed a deep appreciation for stinky cheese and the best baguettes on the planet. Her favorite Portland hike is on (relatively) flat land along the waterfront on the East Esplanade. On a sunny morning or evening when the light is just right, she finds nothing more gorgeous and serene. She finds working at PANW to be incredibly rewarding and fun because of the rockstar staff and because she gets to work with amazing colleagues.