Leila Mende, MD, is a family medicine physician at Valley Family Medicine. She grew up in the small town of Mililani on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i. Island living sparked her interest in environmental stewardship, social justice, and spending time in nature. From a very early age, she began learning how important the connections are between health, the environment, and our communities. She studied medicine at University of Kentucky in Lexington, the original home of the Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Mende is a second-generation family physician and always knew she wanted to pursue primary care and disease prevention. She was drawn to family medicine because of its moral imperative to not only improve the health of patients, but also the health of whole communities. She has particular interests in disease prevention, global health, and lifestyle medicine, and looks forward to future opportunities to provide obstetric care internationally. She is happy to call the Pacific Northwest her home again. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, climbing hiking, and paddling. She loves biking, music, dance, capoeira, and yoga.