I strive to work with you and your child to help them reach their fullest potential. Starting even before birth, I engage with families to mesh their beliefs and values with the latest in child and adolescent development. I take a sensitive approach to each visit, and empower children to feel comfortable. My goal is to practice the latest in evidence- based medicine.
Born in New York, Dr. Spencer moved with his family to Portland at age 14, and attended high school at Oregon Episcopal School. He loved science and pursued his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Colorado College. After college, he attended Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) for medical school where he developed a great interest in preventative medicine and also earned a Master of Public Health degree. For him, caring for children was the most meaningful part of medicine and public health, so he completed his pediatric residency training at OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining PANW, he cared for children in Native Alaskan communities in Anchorage, Alaska.
Dr. Spencer practices full spectrum pediatrics, caring for children from birth through college age. His special interest is caring for children with chronic medical and mental health conditions. He values caring for children and families from all different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs. Dr. Spencer is board-certified and practices in our Portland office.
Dr. Spencer cares deeply for the environment. He is an active bike commuter and self-proclaimed super recycler. He enjoys “nerding out” on the latest in environmental science, often doing science experiments with his children. He wants to help them and all children learn about the world and how we can work to preserve it.
Dr. Spencer’s passion for medicine has led him to mentor medical and nursing students ever since he started at PANW. “It is my privilege to teach, and I learn just as much from my students.”
Dr. Spencer is also a big fan of sports. As an adult, his passions are biking and skiing but he played high school tennis, basketball and soccer, as well as college-level lacrosse. His love for the game helped cultivate his interest in sports medicine.
Family is important to Dr. Spencer. Much of his family and his wife’s family live in Portland. Dr. Spencer’s two children keep him plenty busy and continue to challenge his “book” knowledge of pediatrics. It is this balance between academic training and personal experience that he likes to bring to the care of his patients.
His family enjoys the snow and can often be spotted hitting the slopes at Timberline- his favorite place to ski on Mt. Hood. While Dr. Spencer use to focus on back country skiing, he now prides himself on his children’s skiing abilities!