I enjoy pediatrics because of the relationships that develop over time as children grow up. I support families through developmental transitions at different stages, helping to troubleshoot challenges. These changes are easier to navigate when you know what to expect, and I take the time to listen. With every interaction, I respect the autonomy of my patients to make informed decisions that are right for them.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Harding University. She later joined 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 made her realize she wanted to focus on prevention and health promotion. While completing her Master’s degrees at OHSU, Jennifer worked at Emanuel Hospital’s PICU (now Randall). After completing her degree, she worked at the Emanuel Pediatric Outpatient Clinic before joining PANW. Jennifer has a special interest in child development and family communication, especially during the teen years. Another passion of hers is breast/chest feeding support. She has over 25 years of experience working with breast/chest feeding families and is one of PANW’s lactation consultants. Jennifer is board-certified and practices in our Portland office.
Jennifer reconnected with her love of water when introduced to cold-water swimming (air and water temperature combined are under 100° F). Now she only swims in open water and logged 89 swims one winter. Aside from swimming, Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities with her family- walking on the beach, hiking in old growth forests, mushroom hunting, river floating, cross country skiing, and volunteering at Ekone Horse Ranch!
For many years, Jennifer’s family hosted exchange students from Japan, Finland, Korea and France. She has hosted over 35 international travelers from Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Lithuania, Japan, Vietnam, Canada and a few from the US. She has made friends all over the world and believes we have so much to learn from each other.
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! Jennifer is the oldest of five children, her husband is the youngest of 5, and her daughter has 20 cousins.
Jennifer’s biggest realization in parenting started with her C-section and the fortunate delivery of a healthy baby. It was a lesson in understanding what she had control over in life and what she did not, and learning to be present with what is.