Karen Ortiz, MD, FAAP

One of the best things about being a pediatrician is the opportunity to make genuine connections with children and their families to support their growth, development, and health journeys. I love pediatrics! I have a passion for taking care of children of all ages, their parents, families, and other support systems.

From sweet newborns to active toddlers, imaginative young children, and intelligent, curious, and socially conscious pre-teens and teenagers, transformations in development are a privilege to witness. I have nurtured two children of my own and now enjoy seeing them navigate their worlds as young adults.

Kids are amazing and strong! One thing I really enjoy as a pediatrician is listening to children and their families, understanding their concerns and symptoms, determining where they are with growth, developmental milestones, illness burdens, emotional and other challenges and then partnering with them to foster an understanding of how the body works, address illness and concerns, advise about prevention, and supporting them to identify and meet their health and wellness goals.

When not in the clinic, I like to have fun by riding my road, gravel, fat, mountain, and tandem bikes with my wife. You might also find me exploring the nearby mountains and deserts, bike packing along one of Oregon’s scenic bikeways, hiking with our dog, Fiona, fly fishing, or reading. I am an avid reader of all types of books including young adult fiction and enjoy comparing notes with patients on best reads. I also enjoy cooking and love chocolate.