Friday, March 16, 2018

Willow Creek Spotlight- Mindee

Mindee Langlois, MA
How long have you been at Willow Creek?
12 years
What's your favorite color?
What are your hobbies?
I love doing crafts when I have time, spending time with family, hiking, and working out. I also play pickle ball.
Tell us something about you...
I am happy and energetic all of the time and I love helping others. I have 3 dogs and a cat living at my house right now. I have 4 kids; 1 is married, 1 is engaged, 1 is graduating this year, and 1 is a freshman at Alta High School. I love sports! Soccer is my favorite to play and watch. I took karate when I was young and was 12 years old when I got my black belt.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of Willow Creek Pediatrics?
I love the patients and getting to know. I enjoy working with the best doctors and staff.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Willow Creek Spotlight- Mandy

Mandy Hardman- MA 
How long have you been at Willow Creek?
I have worked at Wasatch Pediatrics for 15 years and of those years the past 10 ½ at Willow Creek!  I started working nights and weekends when my children were small then transitioned into working with Dr. Jopling and Dr. Omara during the days.  I will now be working with our newest physician, Dr. Carly Sorenson. Willow Creek has always been my home, as I have been a patient of Willow Creek myself and watched my mom work for Wasatch Pediatrics for over 23 years. The staff at Willow Creek truly is one in a million. I trust my children, my family, and my friends with them.
What is your favorite color?
I seem to like all colors but I am drawn to red.
What are your hobbies?
I love to read, scrapbook, shop, and people watch…(I know it is a real thing!). I love cooking and hosting parties at my house. I love traveling and exploring new places. I love wearing funky socks that don’t match and my patients think it is pretty funny! I love teaching my children new things and spending time with them and my nieces and nephews. I enjoy anything in the water; boating, jet skiing, and I just learned how to paddleboard and love it! I love my paper cutter and my label maker and even though some laugh, it is just who I am! 
Tell us something about you…
I have 2 boys and an amazing husband who are very supportive of my job. They know my passion for Willow Creek and my patients.  Both my boys were born very early. My oldest was born at 28 ½ weeks, weighing 2 pounds. He spent 2 ½ months up at Primary Children’s Hospital NICU and had many health struggles but thanks to Dr. Jopling, and my sons fight and persistence, he is a healthy, smart, and active Junior in High school. I also have another son who is in fifth grade who was born at 31 weeks and weighed 4 pounds and was in the NICU at LDS hospital for 3 weeks. He struggles with asthma and food allergies so I am passionate about them both. I understand what parents are going through and try to have compassion towards that. I love my patients at Willow Creek! There is nothing more wonderful than helping a family when their child is sick and seeing them return the next time, healthy and happy. Willow Creek has always been my extended family and that is how we try and treat all of our patients. I love my job and I hope you can see that I do!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Willow Creek Spotlight- Dr. Sorenson

Carly Sorenson, DO

How long have you been at Willow Creek?
I actually started out at Willow Creek as a patient!  My sister and I saw Dr. Jopling for a time when we were growing up.  One of my favorite things was looking at the picture collages of his family and patients in his exam rooms in the old office.  I actually found a picture of myself playing soccer with his daughter, Jenn, one time -  I was so excited!
Now, it’s really special to be able to return to Willow Creek as a pediatrician myself – it completes the circle.  There aren’t many doctors who get the experience of practicing at a clinic they once went to, and it’s very fulfilling for me to be able to serve patients in the community I grew up in.  On top of that, it is such a special office.  You feel it as a patient, and I look forward to providing that now as one of its doctors and carrying on Willow Creek’s tradition of exceptional care.  One of the highlights of my career will always be being able to work alongside Dr. Jopling, who has been an important mentor to me throughout my life, as I know he has been for so many of his patients. 
What does the DO behind your name mean?
The DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic medicine (not to be confused with an OD, which is a Doctor of Optometry or eye doctor).  DOs are another type of medical doctor.   We are trained in the osteopathic philosophy of medicine as opposed to the allopathic (or MD) philosophy of medicine.  Like MDs, DOs go to medical school, can specialize and practice in any medical specialty, prescribe medications, or perform procedures/surgery.
How are DOs different than MDs?
Basically, the founding philosophies of osteopathic and allopathic medicine are different.  As modern medicine has evolved, patient care models and doctors’ approaches to medicine have also changed due to advancements in technology and understanding.  So, some of the historical differences have become more blended, but DOs traditionally have a patient-centered, holistic approach to care.  They also tend to have an emphasis on preventive medicine and restoring the body’s natural, optimal state of structure and function. 
One of the other major differences is that DOs receive training in osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).  OMT is a hands-on approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing illness or injury.  We are trained to use OMT alone or in conjunction with conventional treatments or medications to help the body heal itself.  Broadly, the easiest way to explain is that there are some OMT techniques that people may find similar to techniques used by physical therapists, chiropractors, or massage therapists.  Some DOs do more or less OMT, depending on their specialty, practice, and personal preference. 
Why did you choose to become a DO?
I chose to become a DO because the osteopathic philosophy resonated more with my own philosophy of medicine.  I felt like it fit my personality better and also embraced the type of physician I wanted to be.  I also really liked the idea of learning a skill, like OMT, in which I could help people directly with my own hands.  
As an osteopathic pediatrician, my approach to patient care centers on looking at the whole child, not just their symptoms, when determining diagnosis and treatment.  Body, mind, spirit, relationships, and environments all play a role, and I’m considering each of those aspects in my office visits.  In addition, one of the big tenants of the osteopathic philosophy is that all parts of the body work together and influence one another.  My focus, as a DO, is restoring balance within the body for healing and empowering patients to live healthy lifestyles to prevent illness and injury. 
What’s your favorite color?
Blue.  For a while, I felt like I needed to pick a new favorite color and branch out.  But, I always came back to blue!  My closet is a perfect example - I definitely have the most clothes in my blue section (yes, my closet is organized by color – but that’s another story).  Cobalt blue is probably my favorite.  Navy is a close second.
What are your hobbies?
I’d say, in general, I’m drawn to doing creative things.  Seems like I always have an ongoing project of some sort – scrapbooking or making photo books, trying out new baking recipes, or taking fun classes.  My favorite class was a pottery class I took last year.  I had always wanted to learn how to throw on a wheel, and I’m so glad I finally did it!  Tap dancing and getting back to playing the violin are also on my list, so we’ll see what happens next.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Willow Creek Spotlight- Amber

Amber Jenson, MA

How long have you been at Willow Creek?
4 years. I work with Dr. Waterhouse as well as nights and weekends.

What is your favorite color?

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy shopping, being with family, and going to movies.

Tell us something about you...
I have 2 dogs (Coco & Gunner) and I'm getting married in June!

What do you enjoy most about being a part of Willow Creek Pediatrics?
Seeing my patients grow and the friendships I've made with co-workers and patients.

Thursday, February 1, 2018


First aid - health concepts word cloud illustration. Word collage concept. Stock Photo
CPR and First Aid training for our parents
and patients 12 years and older
Saturday March 3rd
2 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost: $10
To register for the class call our office at
801-942-1800, sign up at the front desk,

Friday, January 26, 2018

Willow Creek Spotlight- Dr. Waterhouse

Lu Lu Waterhouse
How long have you been at Willow Creek?
During my year as Chief Resident at Primary Children’s Hospital, I was able to work a few afternoons and weekends at Willow Creek to start getting to know the staff and patients. I started full time at Willow Creek in July 2011 and have loved every minute! I have wonderful physician partners, amazing nurses and support staff, and I love how it feels like we’re all family at Willow Creek.
What’s your favorite color?
I love the color blue – so many shades are just so beautiful. And my husband’s eyes are blue, so that is probably another reason why it’s my favorite color. I always wanted to have babies with blue eyes, but then I learned genetics in school and was crushed to find out that it could never be – my dark brown Asian eyes are just too dominant!
What are your hobbies?
Hobbies…what’s that?? I joke with my husband that he has a plethora of hobbies, including ultra-marathon running (he runs 100 mile races and finishes in the top 15!), photography, back country skiing, gardening, bread making, and knitting (He learned to knit from YouTube videos after buying a sweater knitting kit from Iceland since he was too frugal to buy a premade sweater. I was impressed with his skill and it only took him 6 months to finish the sweater!). I like to say that my hobby is sleeping. As a busy full time working mom of 2 rambunctious boys who like to wake up before 6am, I like to catch up on my sleep whenever I can. In all honesty, I would say my hobbies are working out when I find the time – I’m loving Orange Theory Fitness right now (it’s like a cult) and doing a Core Power Yoga class when I can, skiing after a few seasons off the mountain due to pregnancies and little kids, knitting and reading when I have some downtime, which is usually only on vacation.
Tell us something about you...
I am strangely proud of the fact that I never needed braces. When I was growing up, my mom knew we couldn’t afford braces, so anytime she saw an adult tooth about to come through, she would take me to the dentist and have them pull the baby tooth, even if it wasn’t loose, so that the adult tooth would grow in straight. I, of course, hated it – kids don’t like the dentist in the first place, and hate it even more when they know they’re getting teeth pulled! Luckily, it worked and I love my smile. Our pediatric dentist has already told me that my sons (5yrs old and not even 2yrs old) will 99% likely need braces when they’re older (I blame their dad – my husband had braces, as I learned from some amazingly awkward middle school pictures his mom showed me once…haha!) because their baby teeth are already growing in crooked and crowded so there’s no way they will have space for their adult teeth to grow in straight. We have already started a savings account for their orthodontia bills…
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Willow Creek Pediatrics?
That is such a tough question because there are so many things to love about Willow Creek, from the sense of family within our staff to the wonderful patients and families we take care of. When I’ve been in a child care bind (usually when my baby is sick and can’t attend daycare; we don’t have any family locally), I have brought Nash to work with me and all of my nurses and staff pitch in to help take care of him while I’m working. Everyone at Willow Creek genuinely loves kids and it brings tears of joy to my eyes knowing that I have such a wonderful and caring workplace.
Even though I’ve only been at Willow Creek for 4 years, I cherish all of the relationships I’ve made with my patients and their families. I love watching “my babies” grow and now some of my families have started having their 2nd or 3rd child and it fills my heart seeing these awesome parents raising happy and healthy kids. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of that growth and help them be the best parents they can be.

**You can read Dr. Waterhouse's full bio on our website...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cold and Flu Season...
     The dreaded cold and flu season is upon us.
For tips on how to relieve a stuffy nose, cough, fever, over the counter medicines and how to know the difference between sinusitis and a cold, please visit this helpful website.
As always, call our office for any needed appointments.