“I remember the sparkle in this little child’s eye – one glimpse of that special light, and I was hooked.” Nothing could prepare Dr. Collins for the experiences she would have on the pediatric cancer wards during medical school. There, in the middle of all that struggle, she fell in love with the boundless joy and hope of children and discovered her life’s passion. Even though the memory is now distant, she’s reminded of her inspiration every time she looks into the bright eyes of a child. Dr. Collins has carried this passion throughout her career caring for young people of all ages. She most enjoys working collaboratively with patients and families, helping them to navigate the challenges of parenting in this complex world. Additionally, she has completed specialized training in adolescent medicine and is comfortable managing those “thorny” teenage issues. When not caring for children, Dr. Collins recharges with friends and family. She indulges her creative side with photography, gardening, fiber art, and ethnic cooking. On weekends, you will likely find her strolling local farmers markets and roadside fruit stands. Dr. Collins is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She is excited by opportunities to improve children’s health care and enjoys her involvement with regional professional pediatric organizations and teaching at OHSU.