Dr. Witkop received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Six-Year combined BA-MD program in 1991 where she was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors medical society. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in 1994 then joined their clinic system for several years prior to re-locating to El Paso, TX for a brief service with the US Department of Defense. While in El Paso, Dr. Witkop was presented with the unique, two-year opportunity of teaching in the Internal Medicine and in the OB-GYN training programs of both Beaumont Army Medical Center and Texas Tech University. At the conclusion of this experience she returned to her hometown of Branson, MO, to establish a private practice which grew to over 4,000 patients; while there she also served several roles in the medical staff leadership of their 175-bed regional medical center and as Medical Director for a local hospice.
Dr. Witkop joined King County Public Hospital District #4 in May 2004 in response to the Board of Commissioners desire to grow and expand the local services of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital (SVH). Her prior experiences establishing and managing her own practice, assisting in leading two different large organizations through change, and being trained in an environment of excellence well-positioned her for the challenges growing SVH to its current scope of services for both local and regional patients.
In her role as a physician, Dr. Witkop enjoys the wide diversity of health issues represented within the field of Internal Medicine. In her leadership role she enjoys balancing organizational dynamics with the growth of individuals within the organization. Dr. Witkop and her husband, Lester Craven, spend time outside of work involved with their church, traveling, kayaking and enjoying time with their three children.