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Dr. O'Toole is an alumna of Reed College in Portland, OR. She graduated from the University of Washington and The Technical University in Aachen, Germany where she received her M.D. Dr. O'Toole completed her pediatric training in Honolulu, Hawaii, then traveled to American Samoa where she spent three months as a pediatrician, completing her Masters in Public Health (M.P.H.) in international health. Dr. O'Toole then returned to the US and spent 12 years practicing as a general pediatrician, before founding the Kartini Clinic in Portland in 1998.
Dr. O'Toole's work involves the study of child behavior, especially in those children whose brains do not function properly regarding food and survival, with emphasis on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and food phobia, as well as those whose disordered eating contributes to obesity or wasting conditions.
Dr. O'Toole and her staff at the Kartini Clinic function as a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychotherapists with the mission to diagnose and control any environmental risk factors that may hinder recovery from eating disorders. By using evidence-based medicine to achieve medical stabilization, combined with family, group, and individual psychotherapies, as appropriate, the Kartini Clinic helps its patients achieve lasting physiological and psychological remission as well as personal healing and growth. The clinic was named after a 19th century Javanese princess who dedicated her short life to fighting for the education and betterment of women.