Recent Posts

Love Your Bugs


Until very recently, modern medicine’s war on microbes has been in full swing. Louis Pasteur proposed the Germ Theory of Disease in 1860. Armed with the knowledge that germs caused all disease, the Holy Grail of Medicine became to eradicate bugs: disease-causing bugs, bugs on our hands, bugs in our air, …

Read More »

Learn about Doral Academy of Northern Nevada

doral principal

There is a new charter school in South Reno! Doral Academy of Northern Nevada (DANN) opened its doors to Washoe County School District students this past Fall in its temporary location at South Reno United Methodist Church off of Mt. Rose Highway. This school is right in my neighborhood, so when …

Read More »

The Retreat


It started, innocuously enough, with a Facebook post in 2014. As an avid Facebook follower of my favorite fiction writer, Elizabeth Berg, I knew that though she usually was based in Chicago, she was spending that year with her best friend at her Mill Valley, Calif. home. I’d already taken …

Read More »

Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe?

charcoal toothpaste

Activated charcoal toothpaste has been somewhat glamorized online as the latest trendy way to whiten your teeth, prompting some of our teen patients and their parents to ask about it during their checkups and whether or not it is safe to use. According to the Journal of the American Dental …

Read More »

Dear Anyone Who Is NOT My Child: Please Don’t Call Me ‘Mom’

Should you Call her 'Mom'? A Flowchart

My 4-year-old daughter was recently in the hospital. And I don’t mean “in the hospital” as in “visiting a friend and then scampering down to the cafeteria for a chocolate fro-yo.” I mean “in the hospital” as in “hospitalized.” For days. Yet every nurse, doctor, CNA and hospital food service …

Read More »