Caroline Adams, MD, studied to be a professional dancer, which eventually led her to choose medicine as a second career. “I enjoy using my head, hands, and heart in all my work,” she says. “Through dance, I found a special interest in how movement can affect health and happiness.” She chose to specialize in family medicine because she values “the emphasis on community-building, evidence-based medicine, and culturally sensitive health care.”
In her practice today, Dr. Adams believes that “it is a privilege to share in the lives of my patients, from the everyday to life-defining moments.” Her philosophy of care is to work as a team with each patient and all medical providers and staff, and to always strive to improve. “As a family physician, I practice promoting health and healing in the context of a person’s home, social and physical environment, and economic and cultural background,” she says.
Dr. Adams earned her undergraduate degree in dance from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and a certificate in pre-medical studies from Mills College. She completed her medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine and her internship and residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In addition, she received special training through an integrative health course from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Dr. Adams says life and love brought her to Portland, which is her husband’s hometown; her “other important job” is being a mom to their son. In her free time, she enjoys growing vegetables in a container garden, dancing, and volunteering with her son’s nature-based playgroup. She speaks conversational Spanish.