Dr. Pawson graduated from McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She completed the UCLA-affiliated Northridge Hospital Family Medicine Residency. After graduation she started a small group private practice encompassing broad spectrum Family Medicine while teaching part time. She joined the VCMC full-time faculty in 1991. Her special expertise includes HIV/AIDS as the lead physician for the Ventura County Women's HIV Clinic. Other interests include palliative and end-of-life care and education.