Liz grew up in Portland as the only child of two physicians. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for her bachelor’s degree in agricultural and social transformation, graduating with honors. After graduating and traveling, Liz investigated different careers in healthcare and became a doula—working in home, birth center and hospital birth—before returning to school at OHSU to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s in nurse-midwifery.
Liz enjoys hearing women’s stories and being a resource for information and help when they need it most. She approaches caring for women as a team, working with each individual and family to form mutual trust and a personal relationship that often begins during pregnancy and continues as a woman’s needs and concerns change. One of the most rewarding aspects of supporting women for Liz is witnessing the strength they draw upon to go through pregnancy, labor, birth and the transformation to motherhood. She enjoys watching their stories unfold as they find new aspects of being and balance those with the old.
In her spare time, Liz is an avid knitter and loves spending time outdoors hiking and backpacking. She has a dog, chickens and a vegetable garden.