“I’m looking forward to new opportunities to learn and share, to meet new families and children,” she said. “I am also very excited about the opportunity to do more teaching within Samaritan’s graduate medical education program.”
After establishing the first pediatric practice at the Buffalo Clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota in 1990, she helped grow the practice to seven full-time providers. She also helped establish the pediatric department at Buffalo Hospital, as well as the first Level II specialty care nursery in Wright County, also at Buffalo Hospital.
Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree at University of Missouri, a medical degree from University of Missouri School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency training at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Their two adult children are in college and their youngest son will be a freshman at Crescent Valley High School this fall.
Though this will be the family’s first experience living in Oregon, Nelson recalls completing a seventh grade geography report on Oregon, complete with a plaster topographical map.
“Unfortunately, the plaster was a bit soupy and the Coastal and Cascade ranges kind of ran together, completely eliminating the Willamette Valley,” she said.
Meanwhile, the family looks forward to biking and hiking in the area. Nelson also enjoys gardening, quilting, reading and singing.
Nelson is accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, call Samaritan Pediatrics at 541-768-4900.
Samaritan Health Services continually recruits highly skilled, compassionate physicians to help serve the growing need for health care in Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.