Dr. Chester joined Kootenai Clinic from Portland, Oregon. She is board certified in internal medicine and has been in practice since 1997. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Tell us a bit about your family.

I am married and we have five children ranging in age from 4 to 18 – four girls and one boy.

Why did your pick your specialty?

I have always been interested in internal medicine because I enjoy taking care of people with chronic health issues and helping them to achieve the best level of health and well-being that they can. I enjoy seeing families and have enjoyed seeing couples and their elder parents for care.

What can patients expect when they show up for their first appointment with you?

Patients can expect a physician who will want to get to know them as people, in addition to their health needs. I know that seeing a new physician can cause some anxiety and I hope to put my patients at ease. I believe that the patient-physician relationship is founded on making decisions together.

What are some of your hobbies?

I have a lot of interests—I enjoy cycling, swimming, backpacking and hiking, skiing that is not scary, crafts, and of course enjoying time with my family and our children’s sports and activities.

What drew you to Kootenai Health?

The people! I was impressed by the kindness and friendliness of this community and the Kootenai Health staff when I came to interview. We were attracted to northern Idaho, as our family enjoys the outdoors and we love the Northwest.