Martha grew up in Bay City, Texas, a small farming town near the Gulf of Mexico. She was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by her mother, a nurse practitioner. Martha attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas for her bachelor’s degree in nursing and Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida for her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. As an undergraduate, Martha was honored with the Loyalty Cup award, the highest distinction given to graduating seniors in recognition of representing the values, traditions and spirit of the university. She was also elected as her nursing class chaplain.
Martha considers it a true privilege to be able to combine her two passions: women’s health and surgery and to be invited into the lives of women at such pivotal moments as pregnancy, an emergency, or a cancer diagnosis and treatment. She enjoys being able to provide loving and kind care to a woman throughout all the different stages of her life—even when the situation is scary or sad. She models her practice on the example set by her mother of patience, kindness and compassion.
Martha has been in Portland since 2015 and looks forward to many years here. She enjoys snow skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, board games, yoga and volunteering. Martha is also active in her church community.