“Well before obtaining a medical degree, I became interested in health and nutrition. I correlated regular exercise and healthy eating habits with general well-being and with optimal digestive health. I was aware that unhealthy habits, poor sleep and emotional stress could wreak havoc on gastrointestinal tract function. Because of this background and my personal interest in such topics, I found it easy to relate to and then learn about digestive system function and disease during medical school and gastroenterology specialty training.
“Female gastroenterologists are uncommon, and it is a privilege to be a woman in this field. Although I see male patients too, the majority of my patients are women simply because many women prefer female physicians. Accordingly, I specialize in digestive diseases that are more common in women, such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation.
“My style of patient interaction is sincere, casual and lighthearted. First, this is my personality. Secondly, I have found it is much easier for someone to discuss embarrassing problems such as diarrhea, constipation or fecal incontinence in a less formal environment. These are serious issues that for many are difficult to discuss. I try to make my patients feel comfortable. I want them to know that they can tell me anything when it comes to their digestive health problems. It is my duty to be discreet and believe me, I’ve heard it all!”
In her free time, Dr. Clark enjoys enjoy running, weight training, water/snow skiing and being a mom.
- Medical Education: University of Arizona College of Medicine
- Residency and Chief Residency: Internal Medicine, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center/Phoenix Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Fellowship: Gastroenterology, University of Utah Hospital
- Board-Certified: Gastroenterology
- Special Interests: Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Hospital Affiliations: St. Mark's Hospital, Wasatch Endoscopy Center, LDS Hospital, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center