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Welcome Dr. Richard Burke

Willamette Valley Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Burke, MD to our medical staff. Richard Burke, MD hails from the northwest and after being away in the Midwest and California, is ready to come home and enjoy all 4 seasons. Growing up, Dr. Burke enjoyed and excelled in science and math

A Day with Daddy

This past Sunday I left the house baby free to enjoy yoga overlooking a beautiful vineyard followed by some adult conversation with a few women over some sips of wine. It was some much needed time for myself. The babies stayed home with Dad and I believe that time was much needed as well. Spending

Fast Food: To Eat or not to Eat?

I had a great day with my youngest son, Thomas. We spent the morning at the Portland Zoo with many of his older cousins. He loved looking at the lions, crocodiles, and bat exhibits. The picture attached is one of Thomas enjoying the Zoo train. Due to all of the excitement with his cousins there,

Week 8 – Time is Flying…

I can't believe it’s already been 8 weeks since my surgery! Time has flown by so fast and so many changes have happened already. Not only has my body been changing, but my social life has changed as well. We are in the midst of preparing for my brother wedding in a couple of weeks

August – Prevent Dehydration

If you were like me, you might have stayed indoors this past weekend or flocked to another venue that has air-conditioning due to 100°F temperatures. Due to the excessive heat, it is even more important to stay hydrated to prevent low blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, and even heat stroke. My kids (Henry & Thomas) were

10 MONTH UPDATE

We're in the double digits of months now. Our babies are ten whole months, two away from one year!! Every month they seem to progress more and more and every day something new and exciting awaits me. Karson has really blossomed this past month, making several leaps in his developments. He's babbling much more and

BEES!

Oh man! I was waiting in line at the Oregon City Transfer Station on Friday (dropping off a load of debris from my mancave project) and as I approached the check in station I rolled my window down to greet the worker. No sooner than my window rolled down, the most terrifying thing happened to

SUMMER ROAD TRIP

Summer road trips call to mind car games, stopping at scenic vistas for a photo op and the iconic question, "Are we there yet?" A road trip with two nine month old teething babies is a different story. Vacation is always fun but the thing about being a mom is even when you're on vacation,

On the road again…

Today I write this blog to you from highway I-5, near Ashland, while my beautiful wife is driving. We just finished up a four day trip to California to visit my family and had a fabulous time. On the drive down I was trying to brainstorm some ideas to blog about in relationship to traveling.

Pizza: Healthy or Not?

I recently went to a birthday party of one of my son’s friends. It was held at one of those inflatable bouncy house places with loud music and lots of excitement. Overall, the kids had a great time at the party and I’m sure all of the parents agreed that their little ones took great

At the Zoo with a Twingo

If you take a walk into our living room, the tornado of toys, play mats and bouncers easily reveal that we are blessed with babies. I wouldn't say I have gone overboard with baby stuff but I definitely jump at the offer of something that promises to make my life a little easier. My most

So you’re nervous?

This week, my son auditioned for a play and the night before the auditions was really tough on him. He kept telling us that his stomach hurt in the evening and then when it was bedtime he couldn’t sleep. It seemed clear to me that he was nervous about the auditions, and after I got

Week 2 – FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!!

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!! I am so excited to finally start eating pureed and soft foods. Ever since the surgery, I have been extremely sick of protein shakes. Today is my two week surgeversary and so I am allowed to eat soft, pureed foods. I assume that now that I am eating food, my weight loss

“Snack-Wise at Work”

One question that I often receive as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is “what are healthy snacks options for me at work?” Snack can be part of a very healthy diet as it keeps us full and prevents overeating at meals, maintains blood sugars within normal limits, and gives us needed energy during a busy work

MEET CAROLYN LASH

Chief Quality Officer/Ethics & Compliance Officer Carolyn was born in Frankfurt Germany, but moved to California as a baby and spent all but one year of her life there until moving to Oregon in 2008 and falling in love with the McMinnville area. She loves the weather and ability to experience 4 seasons, the green

MEET PATTY STEELE, RN

Shows Yorkshire Terriers. Loves grandchildren. Started at WVMC 27 years ago. Employee of the year. I'm very competitive, so I love to compete with other hospitals to make sure we have the very highest core measures and patient satisfaction scores. I know that if we do, that means we have outstanding patient care. As a

MEET SAMANTHA RYNEARSON, CNM:

MEET SAMANTHA RYNEARSON, CNM: What do I love about being a mid-wife? As a certified nurse-midwife, I love being a resource, a kind ear, a health coach, and a witness to the amazing journey that is life as a woman. I want women to feel empowered and capable of change and growth. Women’s health is

MEET BETH MOLINE, FNP-BC

MEET BETH MOLINE, FNP-BC: The First Certified Medical Examiner in Yamhill County. Proficient in Spanish. Nurse practitioner. Practicing occupational medicine since 1986. What is a Certified Medical Examiner? Licensed commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete a physical examination every two years. Beginning this year, those examinations can only be performed by Certified Medical Examiners who

MEET KELLY DE KAR, PHLEBOTOMIST

MEET KELLY DE KAR, PHLEBOTOMIST: Crochets blankets for her grandbabies. Favorite vacation: Snowed in at Klamath Falls - Running Y Ranch Patients love her! I draw blood all day long. People are scared when they come in, and I can make them feel secure. With kids, sometimes we sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". It's

MEET NATALIE REED, JRIO

MEET NATALIE REED, JRIO Program Manager/Coordinator and Physical Therapist: Loves hiking, cooking, wine tasting and reading. Married with 2 kids. Has a twin sister. Ran a half marathon last year. HUGE U of O athletics fan (not just football). Why do you work at Willamette Valley Medical Center? My job is to help patients have