NWP Wellness team
Laura Ryan, MD, Physician Wellness Director
Favorite Wellness Quote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.“ - Viktor Frankl
What Wellness Means to Me: Wellness is the continual pursuit of improved mental and physical health, in order to help oneself and others lead enjoyable and productive lives.
About Me: Dr. Ryan has been with Northwest Permanente since 2012 and has an ongoing interest in metabolic health, which led her to become board certified in Obesity Medicine in 2019. Her interests include weight loss/maintenance and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She enjoys hiking with her dog (usually on Mt. Tabor, ideally at the coast), as well as standup paddle boarding, movies, travel, and pen and ink drawing.
Justin Pfeifer, Wellness Consultant
Favorite Wellness Quote: “The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it, are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet." - Wayne Fields
What Wellness Means to Me: The active pursuit of joy, balance, and peace in all dimensions of life. It's finding harmony in your strengths and weaknesses and constantly working to be a better person.
About Me: Justin has worked at NWP since 2014. He came to the Pacific Northwest, via Nebraska and has worked in community health and wellness for 15 years. Justin spends his time outside of work living the wellness model by competing in triathlons, hiking, and traveling.
The wellness team works to implement and evaluate wellness strategies, programs and processes that NWP needs to optimize the health and wellness of our physicians and staff.