It is with joy and abundance in my heart that I want to announce the biggest change of my life. I have decided to officially step away from practicing all together to focus all of my attention on taking care of my self, my kids, and making my healing my top priority. Many of you know I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, and they found recurrence of the cancer in my lymph nodes this year. While it has been a big adjustment for my family, we decided together that it was time I stop practicing all together. There is a big part of me that is heartbroken and sad, because I genuinely love each and every family that steps through my doors. There is a part of me, just like after giving birth and becoming a mother for the first time, that feels my identity has completely shifted into a role I’m not yet sure how to embrace - but I feel like that is part of the process and the purpose of my journey. Kind of crazy how life throws these curve balls and so many of them are just like birth. There are unknowns, unmet and also exceeded expectations, and so so so much good with all the hard.
I have never felt the immense gratitude that my heart contains in this moment. I am literally overflowing with thankfulness for all of what God has given to me in this life. Thank you so much, for being a part of this beautiful journey. For loving me through the unexpected ups and downs of an unknown path. For always cheering me on, for expecting miracles. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for years of allowing my heart to pour through in service and in friendships. Thank you for growing with me as my practice shifted and took on a life of it’s own. Thank you for BEing the dream practice I had always envisioned. For the people you are and the care I was able to give, I will FOREVER cherish the presence I was allowed to have in you and your children’s lives. I’ll hold tightly to all of my memories playing with your kiddos, throwing parties at the office, adjusting your newborns, giving one last hug while you’re still pregnant because we were all hopeful baby would come any minute after that last adjustment, and holding just as much space for the hard times as well as your celebrations. This profession was the foundation for my belief in the power of human body - but little did I know it was just the tip of the iceberg. While cancer was not at all in the plans I had when planning my business, I am utterly grateful for the entire experience of exploring and discovering who I am and the purpose I came here for. This is not goodbye forever, this is just an invitation for evolution, growth, and positive change for all of us!
There could not be a better doctor to take care of the office I love so much. Dr. K is more than just capable - she is loving, sincere, and absolutely amazing! We knew each other long before I ever decided I needed to move on from practice, and I always saw a spark in her I wanted to foster. We became friends through her pregnancy, and I am in awe of the mother and doctor she has been through the past year. I know that you and your kids are not only in great hands with Dr. K, but I’m sure you’ll love her just as much as I do!
She has been in the office and met a lot of the practice members, but she is still excited to meet all of you who haven’t been in the office for a while. Dr. K has vast knowledge of perinatal and postpartum care and is nearly finished with her pediatric certification. She has new and innovative techniques to share with you as well as offering muscle work. She is doing a family special - waiving all exam fees if you schedule multiple family members for a new patient or re-exam visit. Dr. K also has a family membership special she will be offering. She is extending the office hours for more availability as well as available by phone, text, or email. The new phone number to contact Dr. K for appointments is: 425-446-1606. You can reach her by email at [email protected].
Again, I am honored to have had the chance to have touched your life, and I wish you all nothing but love and peace as you move forward with your care with Dr. K. I will continue writing my blog if any of you have followed that in the past - which is linked here: fearlessfountain.blogspot.com.
Around the beginning of September 2020, Dr Elise gracefully passed on after a hard battle with breast cancer. Her practice and legacy still lives on, and I think she'd be PROUD to have her continued practice collaborating with the Snohomish Midwives. It is bittersweet to move out of her large practice space in November 2021.
Her family moved out of Lake Stevens after her passing and relocated to be closer to family in Wenatchee. Word is that her family and children are doing very well, and they are always being checked up on.