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ACEs Health Champions Network

ACEs Health Champions Gatherings

R.J. Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP

I grew up in Portland and was a former Children’s Clinic patient. I believe the patient comes first, so I like to address all patient concerns thoroughly at each appointment. At any given appointment, there are topics that we should cover that help patients understand their child’s growth and development – but ultimately, patients and parents drive the agenda. My favorite part of my job is watching each child’s progression from one visit to the next – seeing the “light bulbs” going off as kids figure things out. From toddlers mastering a new skill to teens seeing things in a new way is always fun to watch.

I decided that I wanted to be a doctor after a high school mission trip to Honduras, where I was inspired by a Honduran community doctor out in the field who helped people in their daily lives. Medical school rotations with kids solidified pediatrics for me.

I am an avid reader, having read 50 books each year for the past two years, have a German Shepherd named Angus and am an amateur photographer. I enjoy cooking and used to test recipes for a local cooking school. 

I share my practice with Dr. Kim Wollmuth, who brings a lot of compassion to her work. It’s great being able to bounce patient problems off her, she offers a different perspective to patient care and our combined experiences make us both stronger doctors.