Laura Whiting decided to pursue her career as a physician's assistant while working as a pacemaker engineer. "I wanted to know the 'whole picture' of each patient's health, and be more directly involved in patient care," said Laura.
In her practice, she emphasizes patient education and shared decision making. "I enjoy teaching patients and their families to keep them feeling well and living long and happy lives. A big part of education is helping patients understand how to prevent serious or chronic problems and serving as their guide for confusing medical decisions," she said.
Laura graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a degree mechanical engineering. She went on to earn her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Oregon Health & Science University. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Originally from Michigan, her love of the outdoors brought her to Oregon. She enjoys mountain biking, gardening, kiteboarding, snowboarding, traveling and trying new cooking recipes. She also volunteers as an adaptive ski instructor and Timberline each winter. Laura lives in Hood River with her husband Brad, and her dog 'Willy' and cat 'Clue.'
Graduate: Oregon Health & Science University
Undergraduate: University of Michigan
Laura is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.