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Student back to busy life after doctor's help

Legacy Medical Group | Gastroenterology

Emily Sipes is a busy graduate student who juggles two jobs – cooking and teaching English – while working to get her Master’s degree in teaching ESL. In between, she bikes, lifts weights and travels.

But recently, the Salem native found some persistent stomach issues slowing her down.

After spending 4 years teaching English in Korea, Emily had recently arrived home without health insurance. She was able to get onto the Oregon Health Plan, but when she needed care, she found most places that accepted OHP had long waits.

But Sipes was fortunate. After two rounds of unsuccessful antibiotic treatment, her clinic recommended her to Legacy Medical Group—Gastroenterology’s Harald Schoeppner, MD.  

After meeting with Dr. Schoeppner, she soon received a diagnosis and started a new medication. After just a few weeks, she felt a lot better and didn’t have to change her diet.

Emily said she appreciated his “good people skills” and said he was entertaining and easy to talk to.

Emily and Dr. Schoeppner were born on opposite ends of the world (Emily was adopted from Korea, Dr. Schoeppner is from Germany) but they met just 20 minutes from Emily’s Northeast Portland home.

“This has been a huge process and experience for me,” she said.

She says she doesn’t know what her “life trajectory” will be yet, but she’s getting close to earning her degree. She thanks Dr. Schoeppner for getting her back to her daily routine.